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Johnson to undergo elbow procedure

10/23/2013

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.