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Bill Ladson

Nats outfielder Johnson plans to play in 2016

Nats outfielder Johnson plans to play in 2016

WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson said he plans to return for the 2016 season. He said playing with Class A Advanced Potomac during a recent rehab stint helped him decide on his future.

"I'm going to try to play again," Johnson said. "When I was in the rehab stint with those guys, it was one of the great times I had all year. … It reassured me to keep playing."

Johnson, 38, is currently on disabled list because of a left foot injury, which occurred in April. He is also dealing with a broken rib, which was caused by an errant throw by the opposing third baseman. It's not known if Johnson will play another game this season. It will take about a month for the broken rib to heal.

Johnson played in only 12 games this season and went 4-for-18 with two RBIs.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.