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Johnson to play first full game

  • Mís catcher Rob Johnson is slated to play his first full game today.

    Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

    Mís catcher Rob Johnson is slated to play his first full game today.

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By Kirby Arnold
Herald Writer
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  • Mís catcher Rob Johnson is slated to play his first full game today.

    Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

    Mís catcher Rob Johnson is slated to play his first full game today.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Rob Johnson met his first major challenge to determine if he’ll be ready for the Seattle Mariners’ season opener, catching in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday.
Johnson played five innings in each of those. Today against the Chicago Cubs, he aims to prove he can play all nine.
He has said for nearly two weeks that he could play a full game but the Mariners, in their plan to bring him along slowly after offseason surgery to both hips, are waiting until the final week of spring training to put him through that test.
It’s been a relatively smooth recovery for Johnson, but not without a period or two of soreness. The Mariners temporarily eased his workload early in spring training when his legs became sore, but since then Johnson has been fine.
“When I had that setback early in the spring I wasn’t sure,” he said. “The stuff your body goes through catching, you tend to get real sore. Adding surgery into that, your muscles haven’t been used for months. They got sore real quick.
“But now that they’re in better shape, they’re coming back faster rather than just shutting down. That’s what the setback was. Now, my muscles are firing and everything’s working good.”
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