Dan Johnson on the DL

Dan Johnson will begin the season on the disabled list after tearing cartilage in his left hip.

The Oakland Athletics first baseman was injured Monday in a collision at first with Colorado Rockies' catcher Yorvit Torrealba and was originally diagnosed with a strained hip flexor. He was listed as day-to-day, but additional tests revealed the tear.

The A's really have no clue as to how long Johnson will be out, but the hard-hitting 27-year-old could be sidelined up to three months, depending on the treatment plan he chooses.

Johnson was batting .294 with two home runs and six RBIs this spring. He had been expected to open the regular season at first base after injuries to the sexy Mark Kotsay (out until June) and Ronald McDonald Bobby Kielty forced the A's to move Nick Swisher to the outfield after he started a team-leading 80 games at first base last season.

DJ's injury may increase the likelihood that veteran first baseman Erubiel Durazo will be kept on the roster. Durazo, 32, spent three seasons with the A's from 2003-05, coming to spring training this year as a non-roster invitee. He is batting .283 with two home runs and 14 RBIs this spring.

[Oakland Tribune]


bryan said...

i saw you bust out that ronald mcdonald joke on deadspin yesterday. its so right on. COME BACK TO THE TWINS KIELTY!

kerrie said...

Mark Kotsay is the definition of sexy. Good call.

bassmaster said...

You should do a post about the A's star players who aren't injured. Oh wait, there are none.