Nats skipper Johnson feels numbness in left leg

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals manager Davey Johnson missed the end of Washington's regular-season finale because of numbness in his left leg that was traced to pinched nerves in his back.

After NL East champion Washington's 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, the 69-year-old Johnson — the oldest skipper in the majors — said he started losing feeling in his leg during the third inning and took a muscle relaxer and aspirin.

Still not feeling OK by the seventh inning, he left the dugout, turning managing duties over to bench coach Randy Knorr. A team doctor took a series of X-rays, discovered that Johnson had bulging discs pressing against nerves, and gave him anti-inflammatory medicine.

Johnson said he expected to be given an injection on the team's day off Thursday to help the problem.

He doesn't anticipate having any trouble traveling or managing during the playoffs. The Nationals will fly Saturday and open their NL division series at the Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

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