Johnson could be out of hospital on Friday

Johnson could be out of hospital on Friday

Johnson could be out of hospital on Friday
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said closer Jim Johnson appears to be improving and is coming closer to a release from the hospital.

"It looks like that he's heading in a good direction," Showalter said before Thursday's series finale with the Jays. "They said if he can hold the food down when he's going to be eating here shortly, they might release him [Friday] morning."

Johnson's been in the hospital with an unidentified illness since late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. Doctors haven't determined exactly what kind of illness or virus he has.

The big question now is when he'd be available again -- or who would be the closer Thursday since Pedro Strop has thrown two straight days.