Nats' Johnson, O'Connor have arthroscopic surgery
WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson had arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue in his right knee Tuesday, 1½ 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.
In 2006, Johnson set career highs with a .290 batting average, 46 doubles, 23 homers, 77 RBI, 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.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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