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NL East update 5/2: Chris Johnson, Ryan Howard, Wilmer Flores

Chris Johnson will miss three to six weeks and will not be out for as long as he once expected to be. Plus notes on Wimer Flores' job status and Ryan Howard's production.

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Chris Johnson originally thought he would be out of the lineup for a while, but MRI results suggested otherwise. Johnson will still be out for three to six weeks, however according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, his hand fracture was preexisting and the recovery time necessary is the result of bruises.

Johnson was thrown out attempting to steal second base on Thursday night and an X-Ray indicated the fracture occurred before a head-first slide into second.

NL East News & Notes 5/2

  • Ryan Howard has officially reached 10/5 status with the Phillies today. His major league service time has reached ten years, and Howard now has the right to refuse any potential trade.
  • Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores has had a rough defensive start to 2015, however ESPN's Adam Rubin notes the club is not considering other options. Flores has already committed six errors, and while the number of errors has not yet caused concern, Flores' lack of range has been questioned throughout his career.
  • The expectations are high for Mets prospect Dilson Herrera, and if he consistently plays well, New York will have a decision to make when David Wright returns from the disabled list. When Wright returns, the club may be open to trading Murphy.
  • Chase Utley and Ryan Howard will likely be known as Phillies greats in the years to come. But when it is time to retire? John Stolnis at The Good Phight says it is entirely their call.

  • Dilson Herrera was HOT before being promoted. He thrived with Triple-A Vegas, and likely made the decision easier for the Mets.

National League East Standings 5/2

East W L GB
Mets 16 8 -
Marlins 11 12 4.5
Braves 11 12 4.5
Nationals 10 14 6
Phillies 8 16 8