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11/07/2006 6:15 PM ET
Nick Johnson undergoes successful arthroscopic surgery on right knee
Left-handed pitcher Mike O'Connor undergoes successful arthroscopic surgery on left elbow
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Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson today underwent successful arthroscopic surgery that cleaned out scar tissue in his right knee. Dr. Richard Marder performed the operation in Sacramento, CA. Johnson is expected to continue his rehabilitation and be ready for 2007 Spring Training.

Johnson suffered a broken right femur on September 23 at Shea Stadium. He had surgery that night at Queens Hospital New York, where a metal rod and screws were placed in his leg to repair the break.

Johnson had the best offensive season of his career in 2006, establishing career highs in games played (147), batting average (.290), doubles (46), home runs (23), RBI (77), walks (110), on-base percentage (.428) and slugging percentage (.520).

Left-handed pitcher Mike O'Connor today underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow, a procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL. A small cartilage defect was found in the elbow. O'Connor will begin rehabilitation immediately, and the expected recovery time is two-three months.

O'Connor, 26, went 3-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for the Nationals in 2006. He was one of eight National League rookies who made at least 20 starts.

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