- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 29, 2007


It has become a daily mid-afternoon ritual: Nick Johnson standing at first base, taking groundballs. The Nationals first baseman, still recovering from his broken right leg, has been doing this for several weeks now, and not much has changed.

He’s able to field balls hit right at him but still is struggling to move around and get to balls hit to either side.

“I’d like to be able to move over at first, not just lug around,” he said yesterday.

Way back in spring training, Johnson threw out June 1 as a potential return date. That’s this Friday. That’s not going to happen, though Nick has given up trying to make predictions.

“I’m not going to throw that out there,” he said. “I’ll stay away from that and worry about getting [the leg] strong.”


“It’s not like we’re waiting until we win No. 31 to come out and say, ‘Hey, you people who said we weren’t going to win 30.’ That’s not what we’re all about. We’re just going to keep working and trying to make this team as good as we can.”

— Manager Manny Acta on the Nationals trying to prove preseason predictors wrong


Nationals LHP Mike Bacsik (1-0, 1.98) vs. Dodgers LHP Mark Hendrickson (2-2, 3.62), 7:05 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

Want more Nats? Check out Nats Home Plate.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide