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Johnson Expected To Be Out Another 2-3 Weeks; Does Not Have Nerve Damage

Randy Johnson, who has a bulging disc in his back, will be out “another two or three weeks,” Seattle Mariners manager Lou Piniella says.

Last year’s A.L. Cy Young Award winner went through an electromyogram, which measures impulse and nerve patterns in muscles, last Friday. It revealed no nerve damage to his back.

Johnson, 32, was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 13 because of an irritated nerve caused by his ailing back. The bulging disc will not require surgery, Dr. Larry Pedegana said.

“It is important that it did not show any nerve damage,” said Pedegana, the Mariners’ team orthopedic specialist. “However, it is also significant that Randy is still feeling discomfort.”

Pedegana said nerve irritation caused by disc problems in the back is a common condition among major league pitchers.

“I’m sure that if we lined up all the pitchers in the majors, we’d find a few with bulging discs,” he said.