Davey Johnson's return to the managerial ranks of the major leagues probably hasn't gone the way he hoped; The Nationals are 14-20 the 34 games since he took over in the wake of Jim Riggleman's resignation, and a team that could have made a playoff push has instead languished below .500.
But Johnson, at least at this point, is still keeping his options open for next season. The manager told reporters in Denver he hasn't made any decisions about whether he'll return to manage the team in 2012.
"No, I'm not looking that far ahead," Johnson said. "I'm looking to tonight and tomorrow. That's as far as I ever look, no matter what the choice is."
He was asked about the chances he'll return next season in the wake of a Sports Illustrated report that said the manager's job is Johnson's if he wants it in 2012. The Nationals gave him a three-year consulting agreement after this season that will allow him to help choose his own successor. But if the 68-year-old Johnson wants to come back, it stands to reason the job would be there for him.
"There is a lot of work that has to be done the rest of the year," Johnson said. "I'm going to help these guys in any way I can. At some point we'll bring up some younger pitchers and help them get comfortable up here. There's a lot of season left, and that's way out there. I haven't even thought about that."
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