Well that didn’t take long. According to Roch Kubato of masnsports.com, Jim Johnson reported to camp this morning with what manager Buck Showalter called “some patella stuff and lower-back things.” I’m not a doctor, I didn’t play one on TV, and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. However I do know that once back issues start to flair up they can be a lingering problem; just ask Brian Roberts. I don’t know what a patella is either, however after looking it up on the internet I’ve found found that it’s a bone in one’s knee. One way or the other, Johnson is now the second player (after Zach Britton) who appears to already be nicked up coming into camp.
Showalter did say that neither injury is looking overly serious at this point. While that’s good news, let us not forget that injuries have tended to snowball on this franchise in years past. Some of that has been beyond anyone’s control, such as Brian Roberts re-injuring himself sliding into second base on a steal attempt in the Orioles’ home opener. That ultimately led to quite a buzz kill that season, as the O’s started 2-16. Having said that, if Britton and Johnson’s injuries are the worst things to happen to the Orioles in camp this year they’ll be in good shape. Stay tuned!
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