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Johnson status update

Injury update on Nick Johnson.

He's heading back to DC this evening for a wrist examination that will determine the extent of an injury he sustained in his final at bat yesterday. The team is still saying he's day-to-day, but it seems like Johnson is concerned. He left the clubhouse today with his right wrist wrapped in a splint.

"I hope it's nothing serious, but today it's pretty sore," he said. "Last night I couldn't really sleep, it was pretty sore, and today I can't really move it. I hope the drugs kick in."

Chances are you know the backstory here; if not, try a Google search of "Nick Johnson + injury-plagued." The guy has missed time in his career with a fractured right femur, a lumbar strain, a fractured cheekbone, an injured lower back, a right hand stress fracture, a left wrist strain, and a strained muscle in right hand. Just to name the worst of 'em.

Manny Acta's take on the latest bad news?

"There are people like that," Manager Manny Acta said. "He works hard, and some of that stuff you just can't control it. You feel badly, because he's such a talented guy and you always want to see him do good and be healthy for the whole season."

He also said the Nats would make their next roster move tomorrow morning. (They need to make room for Thursday afternoon starter Jason Bergmann, who's coming from Columbus.)

Today's lineups from Shea.

Washington
Lopez - 4
Guzman - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Boone - 3
Kearns - 9
Dukes - 8
Pena - 7
Flores - 2
Redding - 1

New York
Reyes - 6
Church - 9
Wright - 5
Beltran - 8
Alou - 7
Delgado - 3
Schneider - 2
Easley - 4
Vargas - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  May 14, 2008; 6:33 PM ET
 
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