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February 17, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Rob Johnson says he’ll be “shocked” if not ready to go on Opening Day

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Rob Johnson is still recovering from that double hip surgery he had this past winter. That’s one reason you can see Josh Bard, in far background in the photo above, playing catch this afternoon in Peoria with manager Don Wakamatsu. Bard is here as insurance in case Johnson isn’t ready to go, or Adam Moore needs more seasoning in the minors.
But Johnson says he’s in great shape and will be “shocked” if not ready to get behind the plate on Opening Day.
“I just need to continue to get stretched out,” he said. “I need to continue to strengthen my legs. Anytime you have double-hip surgery you’re going to have a little atrophy in the muscles in your legs.”

And it’s those legs that are the big concern for a guy catching in the big leagues. There are so many muscles and tendons in the hips and every player comes back differently. Johnson said the team doesn’t want to put any extra pressure on him to recover but that there have not been any issues so far. The big part of the conditioning, he added, comes right now. He doesn’t feel he’s lost anything over his fellow catchers, despite the down time this off-season.
“There’s a difference between being in shape and being in catching shape,” he said. “I’m going to be right there with them as far as getting in good condition enough to be able to fire and do stuff that you need to do behind the plate. I don’t think there’s going to be any issues with me being ready.”
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Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said moments ago that Johnson appears to be “ahead of schedule” when it comes to his recovery. But he cautioned that, until Johnson gets out there in a game, you never really know.
Zduriencik outlined repeatedly that health will be a key factor for this club if it wants to do well this season. He classified Cliff Lee’s injury as “surface” and “minor” but added that Sean White continues to be a pitcher the team will monitor. White had season-ending surgery on his shoulder last fall and there remains concern he will be able to return to the form he displayed for much of 2009 — at least early on.
But nothing will really be decided until these guys get out and throw.
Same with Johnson. More will be known once he actually plays.

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