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Nationals hire Davey Johnson as manager

CHICAGO — Davey Johnson is poised to take over as manager of the Nationals, replacing Jim Riggleman, who abruptly resigned Thursday.

GM Mike Rizzo told Fox on Saturday that Johnson has agreed to terms, but there are still contract details to be worked out before an announcement can be made.

It will be Johnson's fifth managerial stop and first since he managed the Dodgers in 2000. He has been a senior adviser with Washington since 2009.

Johnson, 68, managed the Mets, Dodgers, Reds and Orioles over 14 seasons and compiled a 1,148-888 record. His 1986 Mets team won the World Series over the Red Sox, and his clubs finished first or second 11 times.

Though he hasn't managed in the majors for 11 years, Johnson did skipper Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

"I think Davey is a great baseball guy," Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman said after Friday night's win over the White sox.

"A lot of us were around him in spring training," he added. "We've got a good team here. We've got a great group of guys and whoever is the manager, whether it's Davey or whoever it is, they're going to be real happy with what we have here."

Riggleman resigned abruptly Thursday after the Nationals beat Seattle, unhappy that Rizzo declined to have a conversation about picking up his option for 2012. Former Rays bench coach John McLaren was the interim manager Friday night and again Saturday.

INDIANS LOSE CHOO: Shin-Soo Choo will see a hand specialist at the Cleveland Clinic on Monday, and the Indians rightfielder expects to have surgery on his broken left thumb, likely sidelining him for six weeks and possibly more.

Choo's thumb was smashed when it was hit by a pitch by Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez on Friday night. Choo was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and Travis Buck was called up from Triple-A Columbus.

JETER CAN WAIT: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he won't rush SS Derek Jeter back from a strained right calf, even though he's eligible to come off the disabled list next week. Girardi also doesn't plan to rest 3B Alex Rodriguez unless he asks for a day off to rest his ailing right knee and provided no timetable for RHP Phil Hughes' return.

DELMON HURT: Twins LF Delmon Young, a former Ray, left the game on a stretcher after spraining his right ankle when he jammed his leg and foot into the base of the wall in the fifth inning against the Brewers. Young grabbed for his knee as he fell and put no weight on the leg as he was helped onto a stretcher and carted out of the stadium.

CARDINALS: The club signed first-round pick Kolten Wong, a second baseman out of Hawaii.

DODGERS: Steve Soboroff, hired by owner Frank McCourt to oversee improving the fan experience at the stadium, resigned after two months on the job. Team spokesman Josh Rawitch said Soboroff cited Major League Baseball's oversight of the team as the reason.

GIANTS: LHP Jonathan Sanchez went on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left biceps after a recent string of erratic starts. LHP Barry Zito was activated and could start during a doubleheader Tuesday at the Cubs.

PHILLIES: RHP Roy Oswalt, who went on the 15-day disabled list Friday, has a mild bulging disc in his back and likely won't return until August. … RH reliever Ryan Madson, who hasn't pitched since June 18, is day to day with numbness in his pitching hand.

RANGERS: SS Elvis Andrus will be out of the lineup at least through the weekend because of a sprained left wrist.

WHITE SOX: LHP John Danks left his start in the second inning with a strained right oblique muscle. Danks was running to back up third base on a fly to rightfield with a runner on second when he pulled up and grabbed his right side.

Nationals hire Davey Johnson as manager 06/25/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 25, 2011 10:32pm]
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