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Johnson closer to rehab stint for Dodgers

Johnson closer to rehab stint for Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers outfielder Reed Johnson, on the 15-day disabled list, moved closer to a Minor League rehab assignment Wednesday when he played catch and took some batting practice, but the real test will be Thursday when he resumes running.

Johnson has been out since July 9 with back spasms that he's dealt with sporadically since 2007 disk surgery. He thought he was close to a rehab assignment a week ago, but suffered a setback when he ran on a treadmill.

"Today I felt good after also throwing yesterday and that was a good sign," said Johnson, whose injury, combined with Manny Ramirez's injury, led to the Wednesday acquisition of Scott Podsednik from Kansas City.

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"The way it progressed from yesterday, I don't think it will be too long [before he's ready for games]. Once the spasms settled down, it usually goes fast. I just don't want to come back with it lingering. I want to come back with it completely resolved."

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