Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson had surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disk in his back.

Dr. Michael Watkins operated on the Big Unit in Los Angeles. Watkins also operated on Johnson’s back 10 years ago.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had not spoken with team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon following the operation. Cashman has said he expects Johnson to be behind the other pitchers when spring training starts.

in mid-February.

The 43-year-old Johnson went 17-11 with a 5.00 ERA in 33 starts this season. He lost Game 3 in the first round of the playoffs against Detroit, giving up five runs in 5 2-3 innings.


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