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Matt Williams gives updates on Johnson, Moore and Uggla

Aug 26, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT

Apr 3, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson (4) works out prior to the game against the New York Yankeesat George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Updated at 11:30 p.m.

Amidst a season in which injuries have taken their toll on the Nationals’ roster, manager Matt Williams revealed to reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Padres of perhaps the most bizarre setback a player has suffered all year.

Outfielder Reed Johnson, who had torn a ligament in his ankle in late April, was shut down from his rehab assignment recently after he was hit by an errant throw in his left side and later sneezed, which resulted in a fractured rib. If you think that sounds strange, you’re not alone.

“Strange happenings,” Williams said of the incident. “There’s been a lot of strange things. Unfortunately for him because he was just ready and made such an effort to get back here.”

Johnson was on pace to return to the Nats by September, but this latest injury casts doubt on whether he’ll be able to come back before the season ends.

As for Tyler Moore (sprained left ankle) and Dan Uggla (back), Williams said that the two are progressing well in their respective rehab stints and are closer to joining the big club. Barring an emergency need for either player, the team will wait for rosters to expand in September before bringing them up.

  1. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 26, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Reed Johnson? Oh yeah, the 38 year old ex-brave that stopped by for a couple of handfuls of games. I’m sure he will be missed … By who, I have no idea.

  2. natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    I’ve seen him in the dugout a few times during games and been like, “Who the [heck] is that?” Just the other day I realized it was Johnson, “Ohhh. That’s who it is.” More a reflection of his on-field absence than anything else, in my case.

  3. Jeff - Aug 27, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    A nice development on the farm is seeing
    Auburn with both Anderson Franco and Kelvin
    Guetierez in left side of infield last night.





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