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Josh Johnson looking for “peace of mind for the offseason”

Aug 11, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson hasn’t pitched since mid-May and could end up missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury that continues to be described as merely inflammation, and yesterday the Marlins ace explained that he’s now just looking for “peace of mind for the offseason.”

Johnson told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’d be happy enough simply seeing some game action against minor leaguers, which certainly doesn’t make it sound like he’s holding out much hope for a return to the majors before 2012.

He was initially expected to miss just 2-3 weeks, but two months later Dr. James Andrews advised him to shut things down completely and Frisaro writes that “Johnson believes the time he took off to recover wasn’t enough in order to strengthen his shoulder.”

He’s back on a throwing program and hopes to stretch out to 90 feet tomorrow, but Johnson noted that “I want to get healthy whether it’s the end of this year or next year, whatever it is.”

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    This is a shame because he as good as Doc when he is healthy.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    It is a shame. We’re all hoping we don’t have another Kerry Wood or David Price on our hands. So much talent.

  3. siouxyaya17 - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Probably gonna have to move this guy to the bullpen in an effort to keep him healthy. Definitely has potential to be a lights out closer with his stuff.

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