Expos 1B Nick Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a broken right cheekbone and is probably out for the rest of the season.

Johnson was injured Friday night when a hard shot by Colorado's Royce Clayton took a strange hop and hit him between his right cheek and jaw. Johnson immediately went down face first onto the infield dirt, kicking his feet up and down as Clayton rounded first for a double.

Johnson, 25, never lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital for X-rays that revealed a fracture.

"My face is pretty sore and I've had to take a lot of pills," he said. "They are telling me four to six weeks and the chances of me coming back this season aren't very good."

* SCHMIDT THROWS: Giants RHP Jason Schmidt threw off flat ground and remained questionable to make his next start because of a strained right groin.

"So far, so good," Schmidt said after throwing for about 10 minutes. He added that the groin still wasn't 100 percent and he was going to ice it.

The bigger test will come today, when he is expected to throw off a mound for the first time since hurting himself while covering first base on a double play against Montreal on Tuesday night.

Schmidt is 15-4, with a 2.52 ERA.

-- From News Services