- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (AP) - The Orioles have shut down right-hander Jim Johnson for at least a week while they try to determine the cause of discomfort in his right shoulder.

Johnson noticed it during the last couple of pitches of his last outing on Wednesday, and again when he was lifting weights after that game. He says the pain is identical to the impingement syndrome in his right shoulder that put him on the disabled list for the final five weeks of last season.

He will be limited to conditioning work for the next week or so, but believes he can be ready for opening day April 6.

Johnson was one of Baltimore’s most reliable bullpen arms last season, going 2-4 with a 2.23 ERA in 54 games without allowing a home run as the team’s primary setup man.

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