Under the weather, Johnson perseveres

Under the weather, Johnson perseveres

CHICAGO -- Dodgers outfielder Reed Johnson went 1-for-4 with an RBI double on Wednesday night, nothing spectacular until you consider that just before game time he was hooked up to an IV after becoming dehydrated with flu symptoms that sent his wife and 7-month-old child to a local hospital.

"I threw up a couple times before the game and that made me feel better," said Johnson, a former Cub making his Wrigley Field return. "And the IV got some fluids in me, but I was a little woozy my first two at-bats -- [a comebacker and a strikeout].

"But I started to feel better as the game went on. Then I had a horrible headache overnight and figured if it didn't go away, today wasn't going to be pretty. But it went away, and I finally had a little bit to eat this morning and I'm feeling a lot better."

Johnson said his wife and child were released from the hospital on Thursday morning and flew home.