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Davey returns to Baltimore

BALTIMORE - Davey Johnson took a seat inside the visiting team's dugout at Camden Yards and said, "This looks familiar."

Johnson sat in the other dugout 15 years ago as the Orioles' manager. Now he's the Nationals' skipper, and Friday's game between Baltimore and Washington marked Johnson's first game back since he led the Orioles to back-to-back AL championship series in 1996 and 1997.

Things between Johnson and Orioles owner Peter Angelos were frosty at best before the two parted ways after the '97 season, when the Birds went 98-64. Johnson won AL Manager of the Year and resigned shortly thereafter. Baltimore hasn't had a winning season since.

But this year things are different, and Johnson said he recognizes the Orioles' recent success and compared it to when he was winning Gold Gloves and World Series in Baltimore.

And he smiled while sitting down in the dugout and taking a glimpse at the Camden Yards infield as his first-place Nats were taking pre-game batting practice.

"It feels really good," Johnson said about his return. "It's always good to be back in Baltimore."

Johnson came back to town two years ago as part of the Orioles' 1970 World Series team celebrating its 40 anniversary. He joined Washington as a consultant in the middle of the 2006 season and became the Nationals manager June 25, 2011 after Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned.

"It's good to be back managing after all these years," Johnson said. "I've always had good memories of this place, winning as a player, more just the town and the ballparks. It was just a good feeling."

REIMOLD UPDATE: Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold said he's scheduled to undergo surgery Monday to relieve nerve pressure in his neck from a bulging disk, a procedure that will likely cost Reimold the rest of the year.

Reimold, the team's Opening Day starter in left field, hasn't played since April 30 and didn't rule out a possible return this season, but said the consensus of the doctors he talked with was to go ahead with the surgery.

"Making the decision wasn't too hard," said Reimold, 28, who batted .313 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in 16 games this season. "I don't know exactly what the time line is. Best-case scenario, I think it's possible I could be back by the end of the year, but I'm not sure."

Reimold said he'd be going in for the same surgery performed on NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, who missed the 2011 season with Indianapolis and has since joined Denver.

Reimold, who was in street clothes Friday and met with some fans during batting practice before talking to the media, said watching from the sidelines is difficult.

"It's disappointing," he said. "Not just individually, but collectively too. With the team that's been playing well, right now we're in this division up there toward the top. To not be a part of it, and just to watch it, is kind of tough."

MORE OUTFIELDERS: Right fielder Nick Markakis is three weeks out from surgery to remove a bone in his injured right wrist, but he's not any closer to returning to the field. Markakis had originally said he might be able to take swings Friday, but now it looks like he'll be a few days away from that before any minor-league rehab assignment could take place.

"I'm not where I want to be right now," Markakis said before Friday's game. "That's coming from me."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will have a better idea of Markakis' progress by the end of the weekend.

Showalter also said outfielder Endy Chavez, who went on the 15-day disabled list June 13 with a hamstring injury, had a recent setback and traveled to Sarasota, Fla., for treatment.

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