Updated at 3:25 p.m.
CHICAGO -- Davey Johnson's hiring as Nationals manager was made official today. His status in the dugout beyond this season, though, remains unofficial.
The Nationals announced Johnson will serve as manager through the remainder of 2011, making his debut Monday night in Anaheim, while also announcing he's signed a three-year consulting contract to remain with the organization through 2013.
Whether Johnson stays on as manager won't be determined until season's end. The Nationals are required by Major League Baseball to conduct a full search, with minority candidates included. Johnson will be a candidate, and if he returns, he'll do so under a 2012 option already written into his contract.
If Johnson does not return, he'll stay with the front office as a consultant and will be involved in the search for his replacement.
"It's going to be a mutual, organizational decision," general manager Mike Rizzo said before Sunday's game against the White Sox. "Davey