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Marlins ace Josh Johnson could miss Opening Day start with flu

Mar 30, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Josh Johnson could miss his Opening Day start because of “a stomach virus that has worked its way through the Marlins clubhouse the past couple of weeks.”
Johnson was scratched from his scheduled start Friday, with manager Fredi Gonzalez explaining: “We had to kick him out of the clubhouse.” However, according to Gonzalez there’s merely “an outside chance” of Johnson being unable to take the mound for the season opener on April 5.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Gonzalez said, adding that Ricky Nolasco would get the Opening Day nod if Johnson can’t pitch. Johnson made his first All-Star team last season and has pitched brilliantly since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2008, going 22-6 with a 3.34 ERA and 268/85 K/BB ratio in 296.1 innings spread over 47 starts.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Chances are, the Chihuahua came down with orders from on high to kick Johnson out of the clubhouse because he was too expensive. This time of year, Scrooge McLoria is only allowed to pay out unleavened salaries. “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Gonzalez said. Too funny. The first time Fat Fredi is able to think hard enough to get ahead of himself, he’s liable to ask for a raise and wind up getting kicked out himself. But that’s OK; Joe Girardi can always use another bench coach.

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