Johnson arrived in trade for Vazquez

Updated: April 4, 2004, 1:21 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- The Montreal Expos put first baseman Nick Johnson (sore back) on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 31.

Johnson was obtained from the Yankees in the trade that sent pitcher Javier Vazquez to New York.

The team also sent pitcher T.J. Tucker, outfielder Endy Chavez and infielder Henry Mateo to Triple-A Edmonton on Saturday as part of moves that cut the roster to 24 players.

The Expos assigned Canadian pitcher Shawn Hill to Double-A Harrisburg, added right-hander Jeremy Fikac and infielder Luis Lopez to the major league roster from Edmonton and placed five players on the disabled list.

The last spot on the 25-man roster was being held for backup catcher Gregg Zaun. The team said contract issues needed to be resolved.

Placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 26, were: pitchers Tony Armas Jr. (right shoulder injury) and Joey Eischen (elbow surgery) and third baseman Scott Hodges (strained right quadriceps).

Reliever Dan Smith went on the 60-day DL retroactive to March 26.

The Expos open the season Tuesday at Florida.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press