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Marlins ace Josh Johnson uncertain to pitch again this season

Jul 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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

Josh Johnson has already missed more than two months with shoulder inflammation and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s no sure thing to pitch again before 2012.

According to Frisaro the Marlins are hoping that Johnson can begin a throwing program later this week and if that happens he’ll be on track to return at some point in September, even if it means just a couple relief appearances “to give him some peace of mind going into the offseason.”

However, he hasn’t thrown at all since June and if the Marlins ultimately decide Johnson’s recovery hasn’t progressed enough to resume throwing then the 27-year-old right-hander will probably be shut down for the remainder of the season.

In other words, there’s a pretty good chance one of the best pitchers in baseball will end up missing five months with shoulder inflammation that the Marlins initially expected him to return from in mere weeks. Johnson has a history of arm problems and I’m all for playing it safe with young pitchers, but it sure seems like there’s something going on here beyond what’s publicly known.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    I am starting to wonder whether Josh Johnson will ever be able to reach his potential because of these persistent arm problems. Is the one pitcher when I look at the upcoming schedule I say to myself, “Oh shit, the Marlins have Johnson going…how in the hell are the Phillies going to win this game.” Often overlooked in Halladay’s perfect game was how dominant Johnson was on the other side. It took a Cameron Maybin error to do anything that game.

  2. siouxyaya17 - Jul 26, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Clearly JJ can’t handle a starting pitcher role. He’s got nasty stuff, could easily use him to close out games to try to save his arm.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    This is a lost planet season for the Feesh anyway, so why push it? Shut him down, deal proactively with whatever is wrong, and let him open the season at the brand spanking currently larval Macondo Banana Massacre Field in April.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      You are a funny guy Gator…I’ve been meaning to ask you though; did you eat/smoke a lot of cactus when you were younger?

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        Never smoked it. The trick was to gulp it down, drink some water so you wouldn’t dry heave when the nausea hit about twenty minutes later, and then just relax and enjoy the head. It was the semi-official way to spin a newly released Airplane, Dead, Quicksilver or Youngbloods album back in the day. You just had to hope that the idiots downstairs weren’t planning on putting on the long version of “In-a-gadda-da-vida” at the same time – it had a way of perpetuating the mescaline scrumpies.

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