Looks like three surgeries is all Rob Johnson is going to need this off-season. Johnson met earlier today with team medical director Edward Khalfayan and they both went over an MRI taken previously on Johnson’s elbow. It was determined that while there is some inflamation and a small bone spur in the elbow, it’s nothing that will require an operation.
“I’m really excited about that,” Johnson told me moments ago.
Johnson said his arm was feeling strong towards the end of the season and that his throwing times to second base were in “the high 1.7 (seconds)’s and 1.8’s.”
In other words, this is something he can work through with physical therapy.
Johnson is recovering from surgery No. 3, a minor procedure done yesterday to repair ligament damage in his wrist. The operation took only an hour and Johnson was awake and watched the procedure on a video monitor — his arm numbed, of course.
“It was a really cool thing to see,” he said. “The doctor showed me what the good side looked like, then showed me the bad side. By the time he was done, the bad side looked exactly the same as the good side.”
In the end, the damage to the ligament was not as extensive as Johnson had first feared it might be. He’ll now continue to recover from that operation and a pair of recent hip procedures and expects to be fully ready to start spring training.
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November 18, 2009 at 2:34 PM