Reed Johnson won't play Monday
PHILADELPHIA -- Cubs rehabbing outfielder Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch on the helmet on Saturday night and taken to a Des Moines, Iowa, hospital for examination.
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"Everything so far looks good," Iowa Cubs manager Bill Dancy told the Register. "He got a fastball up and in, the helmet protected him. He was cut a little bit but he was talking when he got up."
Assistant general manager Randy Bush, who is with the Cubs in Philadelphia, acknowledged that the team believes Johnson will be OK.
"He's going back to Chicago today," Bush said. "He's going to meet withb Dr. [Stephen] Adams tomorrow then we will go from there. We are very cautiously optimistic because the ball got mostly the helmet. So we are cautiously optimistic he'll be OK."
Johnson was in Iowa rehabbing after going on the DL with back spasms May 26. Cubs manager Mike Quade was expecting Johnson and his teammate Jeff Baker, also in Iowa on a rehab assignement, back on Monday to start the team's homestand against the Brewers. Quade ruled out Johnson playing on Monday after Saturday's incident.
Johnson was hitting .367 in 60 at-bats with the Cubs this season. The 34-year-old veteran also has two home runs and 18 RBIs.
While a pair of Cubs have left Iowa, another is arriving. Outfielder Alfonso Soriano will begin his rehab for a strained right quad on Sunday in Iowa. He's eligible to come off the DL on June 15.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com.