Originally created 10/15/02

Surgery to keep Johnson off ankle more than two months

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson first baseman Michael Johnson needed surgery after dislocating his right ankle and will need up to 10 weeks to recover.

The injury not expected to keep Johnson for the Tigers' opener at Auburn on Feb. 21, the school said Monday.

Johnson, of Georgetown, hurt himself Friday during fall drills when he slid into a base. He was operated on Sunday and will be out of action eight-to-10 weeks.

Johnson made headlines in August when he chose to return to Clemson instead of signing with San Diego. Johnson was a second-round pick of the Padres in last June's Major League draft.

Johnson hit .384 with 25 homers and 81 RBIs last season.


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