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Johnson leaves game with numb leg

Oct 3, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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Davey Johnson left the Nationals dugout during the seventh inning of today's game.

Davey Johnson left the Nationals dugout in the seventh inning of today's 5-1 win over the Phillies after losing feeling in his left leg, a sensation doctors attributed to a lower back problem, but one the 69-year-old manager insists won't prevent him from performing his usual duties during the postseason.

"I'm OK, nothing wrong with me," Johnson said after the game. "About the third inning of the game, I started losing all the feeling in my left leg. Just numb. About the seventh inning, it didn't let up."

Johnson said he received treatment that included a muscle relaxer, aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication. Team doctor Wiemi Douoguih gave Johnson five X-rays and diagnosed a nerve problem in the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae in the lower back.

Johnson expects to receive an injection in the area when the swellingRead more »

  1. ehay2k - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Rest and heal Davey – we all need you!

  2. SCNatsFan - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Well we know what happens when a Nat gets cortisone… good things happen!

  3. Bill Simmons - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Hey I have the same condition! He may be on the way to having spinal epidurals.

  4. JaneB - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I'm with SC — cortisone is the magic elixir in that clubhouse. May it, or something even better, put Davey on the mend soon!

  5. NatsLady - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Be well, Davey. Glad you (and the team) don't have to fly cross-country back and forth in two days!

  6. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    I'm glad to learn what happened, as we'd noticed his absence and had wondered (well, I worried, because I'm a worrywart). If his leg had gone out from under him during a pitching change, we'd probably have just thought he was trying to pull a Gio. Feel better, Davey.

  7. Feel Wood - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    It's all just a plot to deflect some of the sympathy MOY votes Dusty Baker might have gotten for going in the hospital.

  8. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    My theory: Teddy's victory was too much for the Skipper. Get well, Skip. We need you. Rest, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, heat, ice, exercise, rest, elevation, depression … and above all else, GET THAT CORTISONE SHOT!!!

  9. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Alumni news, coaching division: Pat Listach was sacked as Cubs third base coach.Oh, it was his fault, eh, Theo?

  10. NatsNut - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Adam LaRoche quote from Kilgore: "I thought he was just taking a nap." LOLOL

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