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Johnson Exits With Shin Contusion

UPDATE | 7:36 p.m. After being hit by a pitch by Boston's John Smoltz, Nick Johnson has left the game with a left shin contusion. Smoltz drilled Johnson with a pitch in the first inning.

Adam Dunn has moved from left field to Johnson's position at first base. Josh Willingham moved from right field to left field. And Elijah Dukes was inserted into the game at right field and will bat in the second in Johnson's place.

By Mark Viera  |  June 25, 2009; 7:29 PM ET
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Any time Nick Johnson is injured, we all hold our collective breath

Posted by: Brian_ | June 25, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Great. This is exactly the kind of weird only-Nick injury that'll wind up with him out for the rest of the season.

Posted by: joebleux | June 25, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

They said it couldn't get worse...

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | June 25, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Ok. Nick's gone.

Posted by: rg019571 | June 25, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

So this year Nick made it almost to the end of June.

Oh well. So much for that trade.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | June 25, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

joebleux: "Great. This is exactly the kind of weird only-Nick injury that'll wind up with him out for the rest of the season."

A contusion is simply a nasty bruise. That's not remotely the same thing as a broken leg.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 25, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

gilbertbp, you must not remember back in 2005, when Nick missed a couple MONTHS for a bruised heel. I recall Wilky playing a lot of 1st base that year.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | June 25, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

gilbertbp: it's not the contusion that will knock him out for the season. It's whatever injury he picks up compensating for it afterward.

I'm not one of those people who thought it was inevitable that Nick would get re-injured, but this just has a bad feel to it.

Posted by: joebleux | June 25, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

IMHO: I think Manny is all class and the right man for this young team right now. With what he has to work with, it seems he has done as well as any manager could do. Sure, maybe a difference of 4 or 5 games but that could go either way. Manny has shown in interviews and press conferences that he cares very much about the team's performance. Keep Manny and give him a chance to manage this team to the playoffs. The FO needs to work hard to find players that can fill the many holes in the Nat's line-up and bench. Also, finding pitchers, both relief and maybe a good starting veteran, could help. There are many things with this franchise that needs fixing, but I don't think another manager will do any better than Manny Acta. Quite possibly, it may lower clubhouse morale and make matters worse! The players haven't quit on Manny, neither should the FO nor the fans. I realize that there are many of the NJ Nation that desperately want a change. But would a "fire and brimstone" manager work with the very young players (especially the pitchers) the team has now and in the system? Sure, I don't always agree with every move Manny makes during games. But no one ever agrees with managers all the time. Manny is doing the best he can with what he's got in which to work. Maybe when some MLB quality players are acquired by the FO, things will change. Changing the manager just doesn't seem like a solution.

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | June 25, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Folks, I've had nasty bruises and they can take MONTHS to heal, especially in the leg/foot area. I had one on my lower leg that subsequently migrated to my foot and I couldn't play soccer for two months. Injury was originally a kick to the shin, but the bruise moved by gravity to the bottom of my foot. Go figure. This could be bad for Nick. :/

Posted by: JennX_ | June 25, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

We should have traded him while we could. Now we get nothing! Not draft picks, not a prospect, nothing!!!


Posted by: soundbloke | June 25, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Way to keep things cool, people. I have total faith Nick will be back by July 4.


Posted by: baltova1 | June 25, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris. Two more runs. That shot went upstairs to the second deck.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | June 25, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I got a baddddddd feeling about this…..

Posted by: sdrappa | June 25, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

And here comes clippard! Welcome Tyler! Hint, throw strikes.

Posted by: twinbrook | June 25, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

What's to worry About? If Nick's on the DL, we can just put Super Willie at first.

Posted by: KilgoreQTrout | June 25, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris will be man who will lead humanity’s war against the machines.

Death once had a near-Willie Harris experience.

Willie Harris is the One who will bring balance to the Force.

Willie Harris told Wesley Snipes that he couldn’t jump.

There is no CTRL button on Willie Harris's computer. He’s always in control.

Willie Harris can bench press a 1985 Cutlass Supreme.

Napoleon had a Willie Harris complex.

Willie Harris can eat 50 eggs.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 25, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

joebleux: "Great. This is exactly the kind of weird only-Nick injury that'll wind up with him out for the rest of the season."

A contusion is simply a nasty bruise. That's not remotely the same thing as a broken leg.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 25, 2009 8:16 PM

Not too familiar with our Nick, are you?

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 25, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Manny can still bring in Gascanrahan and make a game of this.

Posted by: sdrappa | June 25, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I am diggn' the glasses on Clippard!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | June 25, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Two errors in three innings. Looks like the Sawx have forgotten which team is supposed to have the lousy fielding.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 25, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me this shin contusion ends up with Nick in the hospital on IV-antibiotics for 2 months.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | June 25, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The team should be smart and give Nick a chance to be fully 100% before they bring him back. Not too worried about this, although it would be nice if he can come back clearly to resume his rightful position as one of our more tradable assets.

Nice to be on the right end of a laugher for a change.

Nice to see Clippard come in and do work. He should have been up here 6 weeks ago.

Posted by: souldrummer | June 25, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Nick just doesn't want to get traded ... :)

Posted by: periculum | June 25, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Man, Clippard. Wanted you to have a solid outing, but that two run homer leaves a bad taste in the mouth. That's not the way you get into the Acta Circle of Trust.

Posted by: souldrummer | June 25, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey hey...Manny looked pretty smart tonight. Fire Francona, that dummy!! GO NATS...borioles are next....

Posted by: cokedispatch | June 25, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Willy Harris once made Sawk Nation shut their pieholes for 5 seconds.

Posted by: joebleux | June 25, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I guess Francona really hasn't gotten any smarter since he was in Philly -- might want to save your bench players for pinch hitting instead dumping them all into the game for no reason, genius. That way you don't have a reliever swinging at pitches over his head while he's bailing out of the batter's box to end the game.

Posted by: joebleux | June 25, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

We wouldn't have got anything decent for him anyway. No one would want to give up good players to take a risk with Nick. He'd have to go a whole year without problems and then he's an FA anyway.

On the other hand if he comes back from this quickly that might show people that he really is durable now. Anyone who gets beaned in the shin is gonna hurt for a while.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 25, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris inspired an internet meme, but he's such a gentleman that he gave Chuck Norris the first crack at it.

Posted by: Section506 | June 25, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

so long, chowds. see y'all in 2015.

Posted by: surly_w | June 25, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I always get a bad feeling when Nick has an injury. (knock wood)

Does anybody else see Clippard coming out of the 'pen with those glasses and think "Wild Thing"?

More good Harris bits from gilbert, joeb, and 506.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 25, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Kasten and all his bullhockey comments about Manny Acta and demeanor are more a absurd by the day. This guy can not realize there is more to managing than demeanor. He is so taken with Acta or so afraid of admitting hes wrong that he has joined himself at the hip with Acta. Comparing Acta to Bobby Cox is like comparing a Lexus to a Volkswagon. Acta has nothing. Cox has won a world series. title. This is more absurd every day.
We are not in Atlanta Kasten. As Dorothy said, We aren't in Kansas anymore Toto. Wake up Stank!!
Kasten is living in the past, hasn't done squat in years and has driven the Nats to historic depths. And he is allowed to go on. He and the Lerners are the absolute worst.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 25, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

But Kasten did get 1 thing completely right: He is the VILLAGE IDIOT!!

Posted by: dovelevine | June 25, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately it's our village he's ruining.
Go back to Peach Street Stank.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 25, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Pssst, dovelevine, we won tonight

Posted by: Section506 | June 25, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Also, the main page is reading "Red Sox fall to Nats, 9-3"


Posted by: Section506 | June 25, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Is Chico moving on from NJ?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | June 25, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Clippard is still the fly ball pitcher he was last year. Hopefully I am wrong. Give him the rest of the year this time. Rizzo doesn't like fly ball pitchers.

Posted by: natsguy | June 25, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Defining moments all night long! What a great night at the park, I got lucky picking the Thursday game during the ticket draft way back last winter.

On to victory in Baltimore!!!

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 25, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

To the Red Sox fans - thanks for coming, safe travels home. We hope you enjoyed the stadium.

To jewel08 - SUCK. ON. THAT.

Posted by: Section220 | June 25, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Betting pool started:

Nick's return to starting line-up?

I'll (conservatively) start the betting: August 13, 2009.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | June 26, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

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