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Josh Johnson unlikely to be ready for June 7 target date

May 30, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

The Marlins had previously hoped that Josh Johnson would be able to return from the disabled list for a start on June 7 against the Braves, but manager Edwin Rodriguez told Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel earlier today that it’s doubtful he’ll be ready so soon.

“It’s very uncertain at this point,” Rodriguez said. “It’ll come down to how he feels. We have to wait and see until [Tuesday] and then he will decide when he feels ready to throw a bullpen…We’ve been shuffling some options. I would hate to use the bullpen. That would affect your whole strategy before and after the fact you use the bullpen day.”

Johnson went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over his first nine starts before being placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation earlier this month.

The Marlins don’t have many alternatives for the start on June 7, as right-hander Jay Buente was recently claimed off waivers by the Rays. Rodriguez actually used five relievers Saturday against the Dodgers and while the strategy proved successful in a 6-1 victory, they obviously can’t afford to go that route on a regular basis.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 30, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    They don’t have anybody in AAA with options left that they could call up for a start? I find that hard to believe.

    • Old Gator - May 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

      Their number one choice would be Alex Sanabia, but he’s on the DL. Jay Buente was a bust when they plugged him in. Chris Volstad got pulped by the Rattlers tonight – Friendo would have been proud – “stepping up,” as it were, but to pitch batting practice. I sense that the Feesh have peaked and are going to being a long, slow slide out of contention now. Just a gut sense.

      • Old Gator - May 30, 2011 at 11:19 PM

        Coda: the Rattlers played fillet-and-release with the Feesh tonight. A total meltdown by just about everyone concerned – the Rattlers have smacked nineteen hits so far in the 8th, ten runs off the boolpen. Feesh will slide to three back of the Feelies when this debacle is over. Time to go warm up a slice of apple-walnut pie and dump a scoop of guava ice cream over it, and finish re-reading Steppenwolf. Magic theater, indeed.

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