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Josh Johnson on his health status: “Physically, I feel great”

Feb 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Josh Johnson

Shut down following his September 4 start because of shoulder and elbow injuries, Josh Johnson arrived at the Marlins’ spring training complex three weeks ahead of schedule to throw some early bullpen sessions and told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he feels “great.”

Johnson, who won the ERA title with a 2.30 mark in 184 innings spread over 28 starts, spent the offseason seeing a chiropractor and working out with former “World’s Strongest Man” competitor Mark Philippi in Las Vegas.

“I went to this guy so I could stay healthy the whole year. That’s the goal,” Johnson told Capozzi.

Johnson’s excellent rookie season in 2006 was also cut short by arm problems and then he missed most of 2007 and 2008 following Tommy John elbow surgery, but the 27-year-old right-hander has remarkably gone 33-12 with a 2.94 ERA in 75 starts since returning in mid-2008. He’s somewhat quietly emerged as one of the elite pitchers in all of baseball, but has started more than 30 games or thrown more than 185 innings just once.

  1. thementalcoach - Feb 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    I hope that part of Johnson’s conditioning regimen is focusing on the mental part. With the stresses of pitching, conditioning the mind to relax unessential muscles helps lessen the strain (and speeds recovery) of the muscles, tendons and ligaments used in throwing a baseball.

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