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Orioles closer Jim Johnson unavailable after hospital stay

Apr 24, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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If the Orioles have a ninth-inning lead tonight the save chance won’t go to Jim Johnson, as the closer went to the hospital early this morning with flu symptoms.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes that the flu bug has been making its way through the Orioles’ clubhouse recently, so hopefully Johnson won’t miss more than a day or two.

It’s rough timing for Johnson, as he’s taken extremely well to the full-time closing gig and has saved a league-leading seven games in eight scoreless appearances. Presumably any save chances will go to Matt Lindstrom rather than Kevin Gregg, although both have previous closing experience.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Johnson has pitched well this season. I hope he gets well by Friday.

  2. randomdigits - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I heard last night that he is unlikely to be available today as well. Evidently he was still hospitalized as of the fourth inning last night.

    Strop got the save last night.

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