Here’s one that will make Tobey Maguire do a double take.
Newly acquired Indians infielder Chris Johnson was forced out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. The culprit for Johnson’s sudden absence? A suspected bite from a spider.
According to a weekend report by the Associated Press, Johnson awoke at the team hotel on Saturday in Minneapolis with a small bug bite on his left hand, possibly from a spider. The 30-year-old got the hand checked out at the stadium shortly thereafter, but it swelled up on him on Sunday and he had to go to a local hospital for treatment. Now, Johnson reportedly has his infected hand wrapped and is on antibiotics, with the prospect of more missed games a very real possibility.
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Johnson was acquired from the Braves on Aug. 7 in exchange for Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and cash considerations. The versatile infielder is hitting .429 with three extra-base hits in six appearances for Cleveland so far.
No word on when Johnson will return to the lineup, but when he does, he better perform well. For with great power comes great responsibility.