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Johnson out 4-6 weeks

That's the latest. Nationals are putting their first baseman on the 15-day DL. An MRI this morning revealed a tear of the tendon sheath in his right wrist. The injury problems for Johnson continue. Dmitri Young will rejoin the club tomorrow to take his place.

Here's what Manny Acta said about the news.

Q: Thoughts on Nick?

A: I feel bad for him because, as always, we want to see him play a full season. He worked extremely hard to come back to spring training and be in the shape he is. And now this happens. He's a big part of our club. That being said, now Dmitri is coming up and he'll be able to help our offense too. We're lucky to have two guys at first base.

Q: Are you confident Dmitri is 100 percent?

A: Yeah, and he feels good. The reports we had from Double AA are that he's swinging the bat well, and he feels that he's ready to go through it. We don't push anybody. He's going to come in, DH, play first base here and there. And he can hit.

Q: What's the plan with Dmitri and Aaron Boone?

A: Well most of the time Dmitri will be playing first base, that's what he did here last year. Whatever we accomplished last year was with Dmitri out there, so we could be doing the same thing. We won't run him down; he's coming back from a back injury. But, he's going to handle that.

Q: How significant is the loss of Nick from a baseball standpoint?

A: Very significant, but you have to consider we played the whole season without him last year. I'm glad we have guys like Aaron Boone and Dmitri Young and Ronnie Belliard that give us the depth. It is very significant, because he is a big part of our club, not only as a player but as a clubhouse guy.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 15, 2008; 11:41 AM ET
 
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