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Josh Johnson’s return pushed back again as move to 60-day DL rules him out until second half

Jun 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

Josh Johnson

At this rate the Marlins will announce next week that Josh Johnson won’t be returning until 2015.

Johnson was initially expected to miss just a couple weeks with shoulder inflammation when Florida placed him on the disabled list in mid-May, but manager Edwin Rodriguez admitted Monday that they were no longer expecting Johnson back before July and last night the Marlins transferred him to the 60-day disabled list, ruling out a return before the All-Star break.

Rodriguez explained the move by saying that Johnson has yet to start building back his arm strength and will need multiple bullpen sessions followed by multiple rehab appearances before potentially being ready to rejoin the rotation, but not explained is why his timetable has gone from two weeks to two months (and counting) without the presence of a significant setback.

Was he misdiagnosed at the time on the initial DL stint? Did he suffer a major setback that simply wasn’t explained by the team? And if the answer is neither of those things, then how does one of the best pitchers in baseball go from sitting out a couple weeks with shoulder inflammation to being placed on the 60-day DL?

  1. halladaysbicepts - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    The Feech are filleted.

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      They filleted themselves in so many ways that JJ’s absence is beginning to look like a mere footnote to this lost planet expedition of a season. But as I wrote a few days ago, why bring him back and risk doing real long-term damage when the team itself is so unlikely to support him anyway? This is a problem he had last year as well – and there have been rumors on the grapevi…heh, I mean, kudzu – that surgery will be next if this R&R stint doesn’t do the job.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        Between Johnson’s shoulder and Mr. Anderson’s elbow, the wind is out of the sails for our two teams. At least you have Stanton. Although Jemile Weeks hit his third triple in a week last night. That’s fun to watch.

      • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM

        Yes, it’s fun to watch Stanton hit three run X-Prize contenders when the game is already a lost cause, and even more fun watching him strike out with runners on second and third when the Feesh are down a run in the ninth.

        Do I sound sunk in cynicism? That’s nothing. Watch this:

        The Feesh’s great experiment with batting Hanley leadoff again amounted to 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. What an attack plan – sending him up against Hamels in his current state of utter offensive ineptitude was a bit like watching the Polish cavalry’s frontal assault against a Panzer division.

  2. paperlions - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    He must be really enjoying his vacation.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM

      Yeah. In addition to talks about league changes with doing away with divisions, etc., Selig has been in talks with the union to change the description from “DL” to “Vacation”.

      So, in the future, it will say “Josh Johnson placed on a 60 day Vacation.”

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