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Marlins still hoping Josh Johnson ready by late September

Aug 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins are still optimistic that ace right-hander Josh Johnson will be able to return for one or two starts in late September.

Johnson has been on the disabled list since the middle of May with inflammation in his shoulder.

Tests have ruled out structural damage and a visit to Dr. James Andrews in late June went smoothly, so the Marlins are presuming that the 27-year-old starter will continue to make steady progress.

Johnson has been throwing off flat ground for the past couple of weeks in south Florida and could step back atop a mound during the first or second week of September. If he then performs well in simulated games, a return timetable can be mapped out.

Johnson had a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 56/20 K/BB ratio through 60 1/3 innings before his right shoulder began acting up in May. When healthy, he’s one of the most dominant starters in the sport.

  1. RedHeadedBastard - Aug 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Well i want to win the lottery by September but the odds are stacked against me. So good luck with him coming back by September.

  2. jamie54 - Aug 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    So where’s Rob Dribble’s comments about the organization just waiting until next year since it seems there’s no point putting him out there now? Oh, guess he won’t complain since its not the Nationals.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 28, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Josh figures prominently in whatever plans – if you want to call them plans – the organization has for next season, so they want to get a look at him in a few competitive situations before they close the book on this lost planet campaign of 2011. They also seem to think that the fans’ interest will be piqued if they show them a healthy JJ prior to the debut season of the weird-looking new Macondo Banana Massacre Field. I suspect they’re going to want him and the Iron Giant to be the icons of the newly minted Miami Marlins, what with the probability that Hanley is going to be trade bait this weenter.

    Looking over this team, it’s hard to imagine what kind of moves the Feesh can make to become genuinely competitive for next season. Javy Vasquez has actually been their most reliable pitcher in the second half, and he says he’s planning to retire. Christ Volstad is as good as he’s going to get, and with any kind of luck will be traded for his “potential” this offseason too. The Feesh still don’t have a real third baseman, haven’t had anyone at that position but conversions since Mike Lowell, and they aren’t going anywhere without one. The Chris Coghlan outfield experiment has been a flop since day one; if Hanley goes, he should go back to second base and Omar Infante should play shortstop. First base belongs to Gaby Sanchez despite his offensive implosion in the second half, but a winter off might help him catch his breath. They’re stuck with John Buck at catcher with the ridiculous contract they gave him – the Lost Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Redondo Beach, Cucamonga, Topanga Canyon, Pomona, Covina, Chimichanga and El Tejon couldn’t possibly be stupid enough to take on a boehner like that twice, could they? So it boils down to finding someone to play the outfield with the Iron Giant and Tweeter.

    I dunno. It’s going to be a long September waiting for the playoffs here in Macondo.

  4. bullsfan93 - Aug 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Why not just wait to bring him back next season; and avoid a worse injury?

    • Old Gator - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      Probably because dozens of people will come out to see JJ pitch in addition to the Youth Groups, rare disease or syndrome groups and exile anniversary groups on free passes. One game with 350 fans in the seats was enough of an embarrassment. I doubt if Scrooge McLoria, with all his salary cap riches, wants many more. Don’t forget, he’s still got to navigate the artsy-fartsy cocktail party circuit this weenter and his hide’s not especially thick under the best of circumstances. How many times do you think the little martinet wants to be kidded about how many more people are at the party than were at the stadium?

      • bullsfan93 - Aug 29, 2011 at 12:03 PM

        @old gator you had more at youth groups.

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