Thursday, August 21, 2014

Micah Johnson done for season

A lingering left hamstring issue has shelved White Sox No. 4 prospect Micah Johnson for the remainder of this season, according to comments White Sox general Manager Rick Hahn made to on Wednesday.

The Charlotte Knights second baseman felt pain in the front of his left knee during a swing this past Saturday that was later traced back to a hamstring issue by team doctors in Chicago.

"It turned out that even though the pain was from the front of the leg, it was actually related to the same hamstring strain, so we've elected to shut him down," Hahn told "He's done for the season. We're going to give the strain 4-6 weeks to heal, and we expect he should be 100 percent and go into next season without restriction."

Johnson hit .294 this season with five home runs, 44 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases over stints in Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte.

The 22 steals (on 35 attempts) over 102 games are the fewest Johnson has posted in a season since he swiped 19 in 69 games in 2012. The 23-year-old led the minor leagues in 2013 with 84 steals.

"I do feel the hamstring injury took away a little bit of the explosiveness of his speed,” Hahn told “He's been fighting through it. He wanted to continue to fight through it. He did not want to be shut down and felt he could play through it, but we just thought it would be more prudent to allow the thing a chance to heal and put it completely behind him."

For his part, Johnson took to twitter on Tuesday night writing: 
He would later add: