Nats' Johnson (broken leg) to move to rehab hospital

Updated: September 26, 2006, 7:47 PM ET
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WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson will transfer to a rehabilitation hospital in White Plains, N.Y., on Wednesday as he recuperates after breaking his right leg in a collision with a teammate last week.

Johnson will stay at that facility for a week to 10 days, then return to Washington and be examined by team doctor Ben Shaffer, before heading home to Sacramento, Calif., for offseason rehab work.

Johnson was injured Saturday in a gruesome collision with right fielder Austin Kearns during a 12-6 loss to the New York Mets. Johnson was carted off the field and taken to a hospital, where a titanium rod was inserted into his fractured right femur during a two-hour operation Saturday night.

Jose Vidro, an All-Star second baseman in the past, made his second consecutive start at first base for the Nationals on Tuesday night against Philadelphia.


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