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June 2, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Kenji Johjima’s pain lessening, but still not hitting

Catcher Kenji Johjima had hoped to hit off a tee on Tuesday, one week after being diagnosed with three fractures in a toe.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said those plans have been slowed down, though.
“We’re going to do a couple of different X-rays in the meantime to see how fast that bone is healing up,” Wakamatsu said. “We’ve got to make it sure it’s healed before we progress.”
Wakamatsu was asked about the timing for those X-rays, and he said he didn’t have that information off-hand, but an X-ray would be taken before the team leaves for its next road trip and then another would be taken about a week later.
Johjima suffered the injury on Monday, May 23, when he was accidentally spiked in his left foot during a play at the plate. Wakamatsu initially estimated he would be out two weeks. That estimate was extended to six to eight weeks after X-rays showed three fractures.
Now, Johjima might be back sooner.
“We’re going to monitor it,” Wakamatsu said. “We’d like for him to come back earlier.”
Wakamatsu said the danger is the fracture in Johjima’s could deepen if he comes back before the bone has fully healed so while the pain has lessened, Johjima’s return to hitting and throwing will wait until further tests.
“Even though he wants to hit and wants to throw right now because he feels it’s strong, we’ve got to make sure those X-rays come back first,” Wakamatsu said.

  • RHP Roy Corcoran is scheduled to pitch a simulated game on Wednesday. Corcoran was on the disabled list in May because of a stiff neck.
  • LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith is scheduled to throw on Friday, Wakamatsu said. He will start for Tacoma with an eye toward rejoining the Mariners rotation on June 11 in Baltimore.
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