Johnson to undergo elbow procedure

October, 23, 2013
10/23/13
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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Top Chicago White Sox prospect Micah Johnson saw his Arizona Fall League season come to an end, and the infielder will undergo a medical procedure next week on his right elbow.

According to the White Sox, though, trainer Herm Schneider expects Johnson to make a full recovery by the start of spring training.

Johnson, 22, blossomed at Single-A Kannapolis this past season, batting .342 with a .422 on-base percentage, while driving in 42 runs and stealing 61 bases. He earned a promotion to Single-A Winston-Salem and another short one to Double-A Birmingham before the season ended.

Johnson ended the year with 84 steals in 103 attempts.

Johnson's elbow issue is similar to one he had while attending Indiana University. A nerve will be repositioned in his right elbow in the procedure that will take place Tuesday. It will be performed by White Sox hand/wrist/elbow specialist Mark Cohen at Midwest Orthopedic's Surgery Center in Chicago.

While Johnson's 84 steals led the entire minor leagues, his 106 runs scored were fifth overall. The ninth-round pick in the 2012 draft was impressive in Birmingham's run to a championship this season, delivering 14 hits in 10 playoff games, including a home run in the decisive fifth game of the championship series.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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