Nick Johnson hasn’t played for the Marlins since AUGUST 18TH, and it doesn’t look like he is going to any time soon.
Johnson injured his hamstring in the first inning of a double header on the 18th and hasn’t been around to help the Fish since.
According to South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s beat reporter Juan C. Rodriguez, Nick Johnson attempted to run a bit to test his tender hammy before yesterdays game…it didn’t go too hot:
"It didn't go too good," said Johnson, who has not played since the first inning of the first game of the Aug. 18 doubleheader because of a strained right hamstring. "When I'm running, I still feel it."
Johnson is able to play catch and hit without discomfort, but running and fielding ground balls remain problematic.
Asked about the possibility of returning during the upcoming Mets series, which starts Tuesday at Land Shark Stadium, Johnson said: "After what I just did, I don't see that happening."
Consider that a good trade. The Nationals only benefit in keeping Johnson was that he would provide a solid presence for the rest of this last place season. Now that he is hurt he would have no value to the Nationals, and certainly isn’t helping the Marlins.
The Nationals received lefthander, 22-year-old Aaron Thompson in the trade. In four starts in Harrisburg Thompson has posted a 2.78 ERA and has struck out 23 in 22 innings with only 6 walks allowed.