Johnson cleared to play for UF baseball team


Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.

Good news for the Florida baseball team as it prepares to start play in the College World Series on Saturday.

Two-way starter Brian Johnson has been cleared to play, according to a team source.

Meanwhile Austin Maddox had the hard cast removed from his left foot, is still on crutches and is day-to-day.

Johnson, the Gators' designated hitter and No. 2 pitcher, has been out with a concussion since getting hit by a throw in the SEC tournament on May 28.

Maddox, UF's first baseman and closer, injured his foot while chasing a foul ball in the Gainesville regional opener June 3.

Johnson is hitting .312 with five home runs and 27 RBIs. He also is 8-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 15 starts. Maddox is hitting .280 with six homers and 35 RBIs. He also is 2-0 with five saves and has a 0.74 ERA.

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