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April 3, 2016 11:21 AM
Reed Johnson: Released by the Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson was released by the Nationals on Sunday.

Johnson had been in the mix for one of the final bench spots in Washington, and when he didn't make the cut, the Nationals chose to grant him his outright release rather than send him to the minors. He'll look to catch on with another organization in need of outfield depth.

March 30, 2016 01:20 AM
Nationals' Reed Johnson: In contention for final bench spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson is still in the mix for the final spot on the Nationals' bench.

He's hit an underwhelming .276/.371/.310 in 29 at-bats this spring, but Johnson would give the Nats a veteran right-handed pinch-hitter as well as extra depth in the outfield behind Michael Taylor. Whoever wins the job might have a only hold onto it until the club decides to call up Trea Turner.

November 16, 2015 04:25 PM
Nationals' Reed Johnson: Signs with Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Monday.

Johnson spent the 2015 season with the Nationals, but injuries limited him to just 17 games. He'll be 39 years old by the time the 2016 rolls around and will likely have to earn a roster spot in spring training.

September 26, 2015 12:50 PM
Nationals OF Reed Johnson activated after five months out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

In the ultimate better-late-than-ever move, the Nationals reinstated outfielder Reed Johnson from the 60-day disabled list Saturday.

Johnson has been out since late April because of foot and oblique issues, but it appears he'll finally rejoin the club. He probably won't see much playing time over the last week of the season outside of pinch-hitting.

He managed four hits in 18 at-bats before going down.

August 26, 2015 08:40 PM
Nationals OF Reed Johnson injures oblique while sneezing
by Elliot Smith |

Outfielder Reed Johnson, who was on a rehab assignment with the Nationals' Class A team due to a foot injury, will be sidelined again after injuring his oblique while sneezing, per MASN Sports.

Johnson, who was nearing a potential return to the Nationals, was hit by a pitch in his side, followed that up with violent sneeze and wound up injuring his oblique, much to the amazement of Washington manager Matt Williams. 

"Strange happenings," Williams said. "He got hit in the ribs, and then sneezed and pulled an oblique in the same area. I don't know what it was. But he actually sneezed and he's got an oblique strain. So he's been taken back off of a rehab and we're dealing with that. I've never ... there have been a lot of strange things."

Johnson played 12 games for the Nationals before going on the DL. He was 5-for-16 in five games with Class A Potomac.

August 13, 2015 06:30 PM
Nationals OF Reed Johnson goes 0 for 2 in first rehab game
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson participated in his first bit of game action since he tore a tendon in his first in April. Johnson played three innings of a rehab game with Class A Potomac on Thursday. 

The veteran outfielder, who started in left field on Thursday, went 0 for 2 before being lifted for a defensive replacement in the fourth inning. 

It is not yet clear when Johnson will be able to be activated from the disabled list, but it is possible that he joins the team when the rosters expand on September 1. 

"We’ll see how it plays out with how I’m feeling and stuff, but I know I’ve kept my body in good enough shape to where I don’t think it’ll take too long to get me back," Johnson said, per The Washington Post. "Obviously, they’re going to ease me into it. It’s just not the same as trying to duplicate that outside of a game is kind of tough."

August 13, 2015 11:40 AM
Nationals' Reed Johnson to start rehab assignment after long layoff
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson, who has been sidelined since late April due to foot surgery, will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

July 18, 2015 02:00 PM
Nationals OF Reed Johnson takes batting practice Saturday
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson was able to take batting practice Saturday, reports

Johnson is on the 60-day disabled list with a foot injury. He has not played since April 28.

July 10, 2015 09:59 AM
Nats call up Emmanuel Burriss, transfer Reed Johnson to 60-day DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Nationals selected the contract of infielder Emmanuel Burriss from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, outfielder Reed Johnson (foot) was moved from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.

Burriss is back in the majors for the first time since 2012. Burriss hit .278 (66 for 237) with eight doubles, five triples, three home runs, 25 walks, 10 stolen bases and 21 RBI in 62 games for Syracuse.

June 1, 2015 02:22 PM
Nationals OF Reed Johnson (foot/ankle) hoping to return in 2015
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson, who underwent surgery on his foot/ankle on Monday, says he hopes to resume baseball activities in 8-10 weeks, according to Comcast SportsNet. He expects to make a return this year, though earlier reports had suggested his season could be in jeopardy. 

June 1, 2015 02:27 PM
Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson might not return this season
by Brandon Wise |

Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson's season may be in jeopardy after foot/ankle surgery Monday, according to MASN Sports.

Johnson was dealing with a calf strain last week that forced him out of action and landed him on the DL. Manager Matt Williams said Monday he did not know if Johnson could return this season. 

Johnson is hitting .222 with two RBI in 18 at-bats this season.

June 1, 2015 02:27 PM
Report: Nationals LF Reed Johnson underwent foot surgery
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson underwent minor surgery over the weekend to correct a damaged tendon in his left foot, a source told The Washington Post.

Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing pain in his foot during Tuesday's game. It is not known how long the injury will keep him sidelined.

Johnson is batting .222 in 18 at-bats this season.

June 1, 2015 02:33 PM
Nationals recall Michael Taylor, Sammy Solis, option A.J. Cole
by Brandon Wise |

The Nationals have recalled pitcher Sammy Solis and outfielder Michael Taylor while optioning pitcher A.J. Cole back to Triple-A, the team announced. 

In addition, Washington placed outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day DL with a calf strain. Cole started Tuesday's game against the Braves and was rocked for nine runs in two innings of work. Taylor was sent to Triple-A roughly two weeks ago and was hitting .271 to start the year. Solis has appeared in three games this season in the minors with an 0-0 record and a 2.25 ERA.

June 1, 2015 02:33 PM
Nationals OF Reed Johnson to miss extended time with foot injury
by Igor Mello |

Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson is expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time after pulling a muscle in his foot during Tuesday's dramatic win over Atlanta, manager Matt Williams told reporters, per Comcast SportsNet Washington.

"It acts like plantar fascia, but it's actually a muscle that kind of goes underneath your foot and up the side of your leg," Williams said.

Johnson suffered the injury while legging out a pinch-hit double in the seventh inning for his second RBI of the season. He is a candidate to land on the disabled list, depending on the severity of the injury.

"He felt it when he came out of the box," Williams said. "He heard a big pop. And when he got out to second, it was starting to subside and then he had to dive back into second base again and he couldn't go any farther."

June 1, 2015 02:33 PM
Reed Johnson leaves Nationals game with injury
by Shawn Krest |

Reed Johnson hit a pinch-hit double for the Nationals in Tuesday's win over Atlanta. He drove in his second run of the year and then left the game for a pinch runner with an apparent foot or leg injury.

Afterward, manager Matt Williams said, "He's got a ... he tore a ... pulled a muscle," per the Fan DC

June 1, 2015 02:37 PM
Nationals move Bryce Harper to center for Denard Span
by Shawn Krest |

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper will move to center field, in place of Denard Span, for Saturday's game. 

"What we have to be mindful of is that we don't want to push [Span] too hard, because this is a long-term thing," manager Matt Williams said to "We have a lot of games left. I want to make sure he is healthy for the rest of the season. Four in a row and a day off is probably the best thing to do. After today, let him go again. He'll let us know how he feels from there. He is playing well."

Reed Johnson gets his second start of the season in right.

The Nationals are -150 money line favorites at Miami. 

June 1, 2015 03:04 PM
Dan Uggla, Xavier Cedeno make Nationals' Opening Day roster
by R.J. White |

The Nationals announced the 25-man roster for Opening Day, with infielder Dan Uggla and pitcher Xavier Cedeno earning spots.

Cedeno earns the final spot in the bullpen and will serve as the team's second left-handed reliever. Uggla, who has extensive experience starting for NL East rivals Miami and Atlanta, hit .261/.433/.457 with two home runs in 46 spring at-bats.

Matt den Dekker and Reed Johnson are also set to open the season with the team as reserve outfielders.

June 1, 2015 03:13 PM
Nationals, Reed Johnson agree to minor-league deal
by R.J. White |

The Nationals have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Reed Johnson with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Monday.

Johnson was granted his unconditional release by the Marlins Monday, paving the way for him to join the Nationals. He's no stranger the NL East, as he spent 2013 with the Braves before joining the Marlins for the 2014 season and hitting .235/.266/.348 in 187 at-bats. Johnson was just 8 for 39 this spring before being released.

June 1, 2015 03:13 PM
Marlins release Reed Johnson, option Preston Claiborne to Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Marlins announced Monday they granted outfielder Reed Johnson his unconditional release. They also optioned pitcher Preston Claiborne to Triple-A New Orleans.

June 1, 2015 04:09 PM
Marlins sign Reed Johnson to minor-league contract
by Igor Mello |

The Marlins signed outfielder Reed Johnson to a minor-league contract with a big-league invite, according to the team's official website. Johnson is expected to earn $1.25 million if he makes it into the with Miami, and can request a release March 29 if he's not on 40-man roster, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Johnson logged 187 at-bats and slashed .235/.266/.348 with two homers and 25 RBI in 2014 with the Marlins.

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