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Johnson leaves game after getting sick

CHICAGO -- Houston third baseman Chris Johnson was forced to leave Friday's 8-3 win over the White Sox after six innings with an illness.

Manager Brad Mills said a few Astros players were under the weather before the game, and Johnson is the latest to catch the bug.

"He's pretty sick," Mills said. "That's why we had to take him out of the game. He was tossing his cookies, you might say."

Johnson was replaced by Brian Bixler in his first game up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Johnson finished 0-for-3, though he provided a crucial bare-handed putout on a grounder by Orlando Hudson with two runners on in the fourth inning.

The Astros called up a utility infielder at the right time, though Bixler struck out in his only at-bat.

CHICAGO -- Houston third baseman Chris Johnson was forced to leave Friday's 8-3 win over the White Sox after six innings with an illness.

Manager Brad Mills said a few Astros players were under the weather before the game, and Johnson is the latest to catch the bug.

"He's pretty sick," Mills said. "That's why we had to take him out of the game. He was tossing his cookies, you might say."

Johnson was replaced by Brian Bixler in his first game up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Johnson finished 0-for-3, though he provided a crucial bare-handed putout on a grounder by Orlando Hudson with two runners on in the fourth inning.

The Astros called up a utility infielder at the right time, though Bixler struck out in his only at-bat.

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