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Reed Johnson begins rehab assignment with Potomac

Aug 13, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT

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Reed Johnson, out since late April with a torn tendon in his left foot, will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Thursday night, putting the veteran outfielder on track potentially to join the Nationals’ roster for the season’s final month.

Johnson hasn’t played since April 28, when he felt something pop in his left foot as he legged out a double during the Nationals’ record-setting 13-12, come-from-behind victory in Atlanta. The 38-year-old had dealt with a calf injury in previous seasons; in this case, the tendon that connects the calf to the foot snapped.

Johnson had surgery May 2 to repair the tendon, declaring his goal of returning to the active roster for September. He had been ramping up baseball activities in the last two weeks and now is ready to begin playing in rehab games with Potomac.

A 13-year veteran of six different big-league clubs, Johnson was signed by the Nationals during the final week of spring training after he was released by the Marlins. He wound up appearing in 12 games in April, going 4-for-18 with the double and two RBI.

  1. Steady Eddie - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    When I asked Reed at the Fan Day last Saturday about the potential for his return this season, he said he hoped to start a rehab within a week or so.

    Which was interesting to hear as the impression I had gotten from the various status reports was basically “may be done for the season.” Would be great to get him back in his former form.

    • Section 222 - Aug 13, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      If by former form, you mean his 2012 form, that would be great. Even 2013 or 2014 form would be ok. But his form before he got injured didn’t do much for us.

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Nothing against Reed… just wish this headline would have said ‘Denard Span begins rehab assignment with Potomac”

    • NatsLady - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:02 PM


    • Steady Eddie - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      Agree, but it is what it is. Which at this point kind of covers the Nats’ whole season, at least to date.

    • jd - Aug 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      You can say that again. No offense but Reed Johnson news? – meh.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    “will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Thursday night”

    Isn’t Potomac playing a day game today?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      Confirmed, game is being played now and Reed Johnson started in LF and is 0-2

      • jd - Aug 13, 2015 at 2:13 PM

        I would file that news as close to irrelevant.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 2:16 PM

        It is but let’s get the facts right. We can’t get this site moderated but is it too much to ask to get the stories accurate?

        There hasn’t been anyone from DC CSN on road trips for a while and the WordPress gets shredded minutes into the game at the point something negative happens.

        What is going on?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 13, 2015 at 3:15 PM

        Steve, I can’t deal with the WordPress Shuffle that is going on every game thread. Some of it happens because of the “report comment” location is in a place where it gets hit inadvertently, especially by tablet and smart phone users. But between the jumble and the one poster that keeps putting anther quarter in the jukebox and playing the same song over and over I have gotten burnt out with the game thread.I also think that at least one person is maliciously trying to shuffle the WordPress thread.

        This is the worst format, by far, of any pro baseball blog that I view.Too bad, because there is some great, informed, commentary on here, even when we disagree.


      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 4:43 PM

        Disqus at least allows for editing. You still need a moderator.

  4. DaveB - Aug 13, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    So, would the Nats need to clear a 40 man roster spot when he returns from the DL?

  5. JamesFan - Aug 13, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Well, this is going to solve the Nats’ problem.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 13, 2015 at 2:23 PM

      Well, hopefully it will at least mean we don’t have to see Clint Robinson or TMo in the outfield.





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