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Johnson still on schedule for Monday

Nick Johnson took batting practice in the cages late this morning and said he was still planning to play Monday.

"Good, I felt good,” Johnson said. “Took 50 swings in the cage, felt loose, got some more treatment. [It will be] Monday.”

Asked if he could still feel the tweak he felt in his back Thursday in Clearwater, Johnson said, "very little, very little."

" It’s nothing really," he added. "Just continue to do my stretches, lower body stuff and keep my legs loose."

*** Jose Molina is in town today as the starting catcher for the Blue Jays. He gave his endorsement of Francisco Cervelli, who he said he tutored all of last season.

"I know they’re in good hands with him," Molina said. "I taught him everything I know so they should be all right."

"He’s a great catcher. He’ll do good. They won’t be missing me. He’s ready."

Posada is catching Burnett but last season, as everyone knows, Molina turned into Burnett's personal catcher. He said the key to catching Burnett is constant communication. He used the phrase "calm him down" multiple times.

"There’s a lot of pitchers like that," Molina said. "He’s one of those guys that he could be pitching a nice game, seven innings, no runs or anything and then he gives up a home run and then he’s just lost. That’s when you realize you need to talk to him.”

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