Aug 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT
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.
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