Josh Johnson Probably Being Pushed Back Again By Marlins

Marlins ace Josh Johnson hasn't pitched since May 16 due to a bout of shoulder inflammation. Placed on the DL, the initial expectation was that Johnson would only miss two starts before coming back. His return was then delayed, and now, according to Clark Spencer, it's likely being delayed again:

Josh Johnson is coming along so slowly from right shoulder inflammation that Rodriguez said a June 7 return date now looks doubtful.

Johnson still hasn't thrown so much as a bullpen session, so he certainly appears to be a ways off. Given that he's the best pitcher on the staff, that's bad news for a Marlins team trying desperately to hang in the race.

The Marlins first replaced Johnson with Jay Buente, but he's no longer in the organization. In Johnson's most recent turn, Brian Sanches got the start as the Marlins had a bullpen day, but manager Edwin Rodriguez doesn't want to do that again. No starter for next time has been named.

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