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Josh Johnson unlikely to return on June 1 as Marlins play it safe with his recovery

May 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Placed on the disabled list over the weekend with right shoulder inflammation, Marlins ace Josh Johnson played catch from 60 feet yesterday and reported no problems afterward.

According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post there’s still a chance Johnson could be ready to return on June 1, but the Marlins are “leaning toward having him miss two more starts and return during the next home stand at the earliest.”

Manager Edwin Rodriguez stressed that the goal is to get Johnson healthy for the rest of the season rather than simply get him back in the rotation as soon as possible, which is obviously the smart approach. It sounds like mid-June is the most realistic timetable at this point.

  1. Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    That’s also what we’ve been hearing on local Idiot Talk Radio, on the occasions – usually while switching a CD in my car player – that I permit the current crop of pencil-necked clowns to break through the sound barrier. Heard a brief vignette with Edwin Rodriguez who said flat out that JJ was not going to be rushed. But then, we haven’t been once through the entire Feesh rotation yet since he got shunted to the MASH unit. I hope they stick to their decision on this and let JJ get over whatever is bothering him; since this same problem derailed him at the end of last season, it’s apparently a recurring thing.

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