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04/15/08 8:05 PM EST

Johnson's return to Shea a happy one

First baseman not fazed at site of bad injury two years ago

WASHINGTON -- Prior to Tuesday, the last time Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson played at Shea Stadium was on Sept. 23, 2006.

On that day, he found himself in a collision with outfielder Austin Kearns. Johnson broke his right leg and missed the entire 2007 season. Johnson chooses to forget about that bad time, and even joked about being at Shea since then.

"I just want to finish the game," he said.

Today, Johnson is healthy, playing great defense and leading the Nationals with a .391 on-base percentage entering Tuesday's action.

"My body feels good, and I just try to take quality at-bats," Johnson said. "I want to play every day. Sometimes I get achy here and there, but that's part of the game, and I have to play through that."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.