Nationals Johnson Has Surgery

Associated Press
Tuesday, November 7, 2006 8:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson had arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue in his right knee Tuesday, 11/2 months after an on-field collision ended his season.

Johnson, who had the operation in Sacramento, Calif., is expected to be ready for spring training.

A metal rod and screws were inserted in his broken right leg on Sept. 23, the day he slammed into outfielder Austin Kearns during a game against the New York Mets.

In 2006, Johnson set career highs with a .290 batting average, 46 doubles, 23 homers, 77 RBIs, 110 walks and 147 games played.

Also Tuesday, pitcher Mike O'Connor had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow. It's expected to take him two to three months to recover.

A small cartilage defect was found in the elbow during the operation performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

As a rookie, O'Connor went 3-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for the last-place Nationals in 2006.

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