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Marlins Move Josh Johnson To The 60-Day DL

Marlins Move Josh Johnson To The 60-Day DL

By Joe Capozzi


PHILADELPHIA — Not long ago, Josh Johnson was one of the best pitchers in baseball and the Marlins were the National League wild-card leaders.

But Johnson hasn’t pitched in a month because of a shoulder injury and the Marlins are reeling through one of the worst stretches in franchise history – 8-19 since their ace got hurt.

The latest loss, 8-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies, came in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday and dropped the Marlins to 1-13 in their past 14 games, the first time since 1999 that Florida had lost 13 games during a 14-game stretch. The 1998 team that finished with 108 losses had the only other two 1-13 stretches in franchise history.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he thinks Johnson’s absence has played a psychological role in the team’s skid because Marlins players initially thought the two-time All Star’s absence would be brief.

“First, it was two weeks. Pretty much everybody was like, ‘OK, two weeks. Maybe we can handle that as a team.’ But now it’s getting longer,’ Rodriguez said. “I can see the players feeling that loss. They have to pass that. They have to grow through that.”

Because his recovery has been slower than expected, the Marlins have been reluctant to predict a target date for Johnson’s return. But Rodriguez on Wednesday gave his most optimistic outlook: July 16, the day Johnson is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list.

Johnson was transferred to the 60-day DL late Tuesday to make a roster spot for right-hander Elih Villanueva, who was called up from Class AA New Orleans and allowed eight runs in three innings Wednesday in the first game of the doubleheader.

Villanueva was optioned back to New Orleans after the game and replaced by veteran infielder Jose Lopez, who was called up from New Orleans to start at third base in the second game.

Johnson, who last started a month ago Thursday, still hasn’t thrown off the mound yet. But Rodriguez said the team believes Johnson will be completely healthy a few days before he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on July 16. The Marlins are in Chicago that day for a series against the Cubs.

“He’s going to be ready to go before the 60 days. But why not? Let’s wait the 60 days and make sure he’s 100 percent,” Rodriguez said.

That means Johnson – who posted a league-best 0.88 ERA in six starts in April – will have missed two months of the season. Meanwhile, the rest of the Marlins’ staff hasn’t exactly stepped up in his absence.

In their past three games, Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad and Villanueva have combined to allow 24 runs in 11 2/3 innings.

Florida has two starting pitchers with the worst ERAs in the National League – Javier Vazquez (7.09) and Volstad (6.07). The team entered Wednesday with an NL-worst 5.16 ERA for June.

“By the third or fourth inning, when you’re down by seven, eight runs, it’s hard to stay focused in the game,’ Rodriguez said.

“We need consistency on the mound. Other than Anibal Sanchez, we haven’t got that. We need a starter to keep us in the game because we haven’t showed offensively that we’re going to blow (teams) away.’

This isn’t the first injury for Johnson, who will need at least two rehab starts before he’s ready. Last season, he had back and shoulder issues that ended his season a month early. He also underwent reconstructive elbow surgery on Aug. 3, 2007.

“That’s one of the things he needs to work on – try to stay healthy,’ Rodriguez said. “Sometimes it’s out of his control. If you point out anybody in the clubhouse who’s a hard worker and tries to keep himself in good shape, that’s J.J.’

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Placed On DL With Shoulder Inflammation

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Placed On DL With Shoulder Inflammation

Terrible news for Marlins’ fans; Great news for the National League East…

MIAMI (AP)—Once Josh Johnson(notes) fessed up that his throwing shoulder hurt, he felt better.

Now the Florida Marlins ace hopes a stint on the disabled list will allow him to quickly heal. Inflammation in Johnson’s right shoulder sent him to the DL on Saturday.

Although Johnson is tied for the major league lead with a 1.64 ERA, the back of his shoulder has bothered him all season. He didn’t tell the Marlins about the extent of the soreness and stiffness until Thursday after a bullpen session.

“It took everything I had to go and say something,” he said. “Once I did, it was something lifted off my shoulders. Let’s get it right and get it back to feeling like it did at the beginning of the season.”

The move is retroactive to Tuesday, meaning Johnson might only miss two starts. The Marlins hope he’ll be able to pitch the first day he’s eligible to come off the DL, which would be June 1 at Arizona.

Johnson’s not sure he’ll hit that target date.

“I’m hoping,” he said. “You never know with this kind of stuff. You’ve got to get all the inflammation out of there. From there it should be fine.”

Right-hander Jay Buente(notes) was selected from Triple-A New Orleans and will start Sunday against Tampa Bay for Johnson.

“He’s impossible to replace,” Buente said. “I’ll just go out and be the pitcher I’ve been up to this point.”

Buente was converted to a starter this season at New Orleans, where he went 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 10 games, including five starts.

Because of poor run support, Johnson is only 3-1 in nine starts, but opponents are batting .185 against him, lowest in the NL. Last year Johnson went 11-6, made the All-Star team for the second consecutive time and led the NL with an ERA of 2.30.

Rays manager Joe Maddon was sorry to learn about Johnson’s injury.

“People might think I’m nuts, but I really would have liked to see him pitch Sunday,” Maddon said. “I like the idea of facing the best. You see how you stack up. Hopefully we’ll get him next time.”

The DL stint is the first for Johnson since he underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in 2008, but he was shut out down for the final three weeks of last season because of an ailing back and shoulder.

His current shoulder discomfort is less severe than last season, he said.

“In September I was sore without even throwing,” he said. “Now I don’t feel it until I start throwing. It was something I could throw through, but now is not the time to throw through it.”

The velocity of Johnson’s fastball was down at least 2 to 3 mph in his most recent start Monday against the New York Mets, but he blamed cool, rainy weather. He took a line drive off his right forearm in that game and was pulled as a precaution after five innings, but his forearm was fine the next day.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said the Marlins’ medical staff is confident Johnson’s shoulder will quickly mend.

Josh Johnson VS Roy Halladay Tonight. I Cannot Wait!!!

Josh Johnson VS Roy Halladay Tonight.  I Cannot Wait!!!

It’s not very often when two of the best pitchers in the sport battle one another.

Even more, it’s even less rare when the two teams competing are battling for first place within the same division.

And even more than that, it is uber-rare when said pitchers are your two most favorite hurlers in the entire sport.

Am I looking forward to the game tonight between the Marlins and the Phillies?

You bet your ass I am!!!


I Agreed 100% With Bobby Valentine Last Night When He Said…

I Agreed 100% With Bobby Valentine Last Night When He Said…

“Josh Johnson will throw a no-hitter this year”.

If you have not had the chance to watch JJ pitch, you need to make more of an effort to do so.  Arguably the best pitcher in the sport right now, 6 of his 7 starts this season have been clinics.

I agree with Bobby Valentine, it is just a matter of time…

Go Get ‘Em Josh!!!

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Named April’s National League ‘Pitcher Of The Month’

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Named April’s National League ‘Pitcher Of The Month’

Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of April.

In six April starts, Johnson went 3-0 and led the National League with a 0.88 ERA. The 27-year-old right-hander notched 39 strikeouts, ranking second in the league, while only walking 11 in 41.0 innings of work. The two-time All-Star had six quality starts for the month and he tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of his outings while never allowing more than two earned runs. Johnson’s 18 hits allowed were the fewest allowed before May 1st in the modern era (since 1900) by any pitcher with a minimum of 40.0 innings pitched. On April 1st, Johnson made his second career Opening Day start, going 6.2 innings en route to a 6-2 Marlins victory over the visiting New York Mets. The win marked his first career Opening Day victory. On April 13th, the fourth round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft tossed 7.1 shutout innings, allowing just one hit on the day, a double to Braves rookie Freddie Freeman. He followed that performance with a 7.0-inning, two-hit shutout on April 19th, earning his third win of the season in a 6-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at home. Johnson finished his remarkable month by tossing another 7.0 shutout innings at Cincinnati on April 30th, but did not factor in the decision as the Reds came from behind to win 4-3 in 10 innings. In his last four April starts, a span of 28.1 innings, the Marlins ace allowed only a single earned run. The Marlins, currently tied for the first in the N.L. East, were 4-2 during Johnson’s starts this month. This is his second career National League Pitcher of the Month Award, previously winning for the month of June 2010.

Other pitchers receiving votes were Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14 ERA, 47 SO, 46.1 IP, 7 BB); Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse (4-1, 1.64 ERA, 24 SO, 38.1 IP, 5 BB); Rockies closer Huston Street (10 SV, 2.20 ERA, 17 SO, 16.1 IP); and Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (1.93 ERA, 8 SV, 12 SO, 14.0 IP).

Josh Johnson will receive specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his Pitcher of the Month performance.