Johnson Cleared To Rejoin Hoosiers

Indiana second baseman Micah Johnson received full medical clearance this morning to return to the team. A preseason third-team All-American who ranked No. 92 on Baseball's America's initial College Top 100 Prospects list for the 2012 draft, he had surgery on his throwing elbow on March 7. Johnson returned from the Cape Cod League last summer with a sore elbow that bothered him throughout the offseason. Unable to throw without pain when the season began, he opened the season as the Hoosiers' DH. After he went 3-for-21 in nine games, he opted to have surgery. He has been taking swings and grounders in anticipation of his return, which should come this weekend in a home series against Nebraska. Johnson batted .335/.402/.474 with 19 steals as a sophomore in 2011. He's an offensive-minded second baseman with plus speed and a quality bat. He projected as a top-five-rounds pick before his injury.