Indians infielder Chris Johnson sidelined with spider bite

Monday August 17th, 2015

Indians infielder Chris Johnson was hospitalized with what appeared to be a bug bite on his left index finger on Sunday, and was unavailable for Sunday's game, according to Jordan Bastian of

“He got bit by a spider or something,” manager Terry Francona said.

Johnson said he woke up with a small, pimple-like bump on his finger on Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, it was so swollen that he was unable to easily bend it, and he was sent to a hospital to receive treatment and antibiotics.

“I woke up this morning and it was swollen and oozing and red,” Johnson said on Sunday. “It was gross."

As losing streak reaches six, fading Nationals in need of rapid turnaround

Johnson was hopeful that the swelling would be reduced within a day or two as the Indians continue their road trip through Minnesota, Boston, New York and Chicago. His left hand was wrapped after Sunday's game.

The Indians acquired Johnson on Aug. 7 from the Braves in exchange for outfielders Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. In six games since the trade, he went 9 for 21 (.429 average) with three doubles and three runs scored.

Cleveland lost to the Twins, 4–1, on Sunday, sinking further into last place in the AL Central with a 54–62 record.

- Erin Flynn

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