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Johnson: out for season

First baseman Nick Johnson will miss the rest of the season, the Washington Nationals confirmed today. Dr. Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., operated today on the Nationals' clean-up hitter and repaired a small split tear in a ligament on the ulnar side of his wrist.

A team announcement about the procedure said that Johnson is expected to miss the remainder of the 2008 season.

I'll get more reaction on this news once I head down to the clubhouse in a few minutes.

Given the circumstances of Johnson's original injury, sustained May 13, this is stunning news. (He was originally supposed to miss 4-6 weeks.) Given Johnson's history with injuries, this news fits right in with years of bad luck. When he injured his femur in September 2006, the team originally thought Johnson would be back and ready to go by spring training 2007. Instead, he missed the entire 2007 season.

The team release issued this afternoon said that Johnson would be 100 percent for spring training 2009.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 24, 2008; 3:17 PM ET
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