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Josh Johnson now hoping to return “at some point in August”

Jul 1, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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Josh Johnson has been out since mid-May with a shoulder injury that was supposed to take just a couple weeks, but he received some good news from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and is now hoping to return “at some point in August,” according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Andrews found no structural damage in Johnson’s shoulder, which means no surgery is needed, but even an early August return would mean sitting out nearly three months.

And that’s far from a sure thing, as Johnson has been shut down for the next 10-14 days, after which he’ll have to restart the rehab process. Or as Frisaro put it: “The period of inactivity isn’t set in stone. It could be longer. The Florida ace will throw when the discomfort has disappeared.”

He’s going to miss at least half the season with an injury that the Marlins are still describing as merely “an aggravated shoulder.” I was going to write that something “seems fishy” until I realized how hacky that sounds about a Marlins player. But … well, something seems fishy.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Why rush him back and risk re-aggravating what is already a chronic problem when the real manager of the Feesh this season is the Coriolis effect? Keeping JJ scaled back (hee hee hee) and on ice (nyuknyuknyuk) is one of the few things Scrooge McLoria and Co. have done right this season.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      I agree. This guy is important for the long haul. As big of a Phillies fan as I am, I don’t want to see Johnson have his promising career ruined by rushing him back.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:02 PM

        Good Doctor,

        I just had to give a bicepts reference. If I were the Feesh, I’d trade H. Ramirez. Seems he causes more problems in the clubhouse than he solves problems on the feild. You bring in an old school manager, he benches him, and they win their first game. You’d get a lot in return for him , some addition by subtraction. I like the Feesh for an NL east team. I like the Phils more (how can one not like that picthing staff), but the Marlins are that underdog team you kinda hope to see make it. Plus, I really liked seeing them beat the Yanks in the WS however many years back. As for J. Johnson, it’s not like there’s gonna be a strong playoff push from the Feesh, so why hurry him back?

  2. macjacmccoy - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Has anyone else noticed that his trips to the DL the last 2 seasons have directly corellated with the Marlins going on an extended losing streak. He is the heart of that team not Hanley and they aren’t going to get over the hump until he is able to play more then half a season at a high level. He hasnt done it yet and its starting to seem like he never will. Its kind of a shame to say it, because he is 1 of the best young pitchers in baseball, but he might be the next Mark Prior.

    • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      More coincidence than anything else. Johnson’s absence had little to do with the Feesh treating runners in scoring position the way fundamentalists treat unwed mothers. If he had been pitching during the past month, he’d’ve had to pitch a complete game shutout every time out just to assure himself of a no-decision. That’s pretty much what Anibal Sanchez did, and precisely what he earned himself. Allowing a single run was like being sentenced to death and appealing to Rick Perry for clemency.

      Heh – sorry for the extenuated metaphors. Left my head in Texas last week.

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