1B Johnson may be out until June
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson, whose 2006 season ended with a broken right leg, still isn't sure when he'll be able to play again.
Johnson arrived at spring training Friday. Asked what he thought the best-case scenario is for his return, Johnson said it might be June.
"Everything's so weak in my right leg -- my hip, my quad, everything," he said.
Johnson said his leg gets sore when he walks and that he's not yet able to jog.
A team doctor is to examine X-rays Monday, general manager Jim Bowden said.
"Right now, there is not enough information or data to put a timetable on it," Bowden said.
Johnson was hurt Sept. 23 in a gruesome collision with right fielder Austin Kearns while going after a ball in a game against the New York Mets. A titanium rod and screws were inserted during a two-hour operation.
Johnson had two more operations, to remove the screws and clean up scar tissue.
In 2006, Johnson set career highs with a .290 batting average, 46 doubles, 23 homers, 77 RBIs, 110 walks and 147 games played.
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