Johnson befuddles hitters

Josh Johnson wasted little time bringing the heat.

Pitching live batting practices to hitters on Wednesday, the 6-foot-7 right-hander basically dominated.

“Nasty,” said Cody Ross, who had the unenviable task of facing Johnson. “The ball was cutting four or five inches at 95 mph.”

Marlins special assistant Jeff Conine joked with Johnson: “Way to help the [hitters] get dialed-in.”

The group that faced Johnson had Ross, John Baker, Dallas McPherson and Jay Gibbons. The first foul ball was greeted with a, “Take that, Johnson!” from hitting coach Jim Presley.

– Joe Frisaro

 

2 Comments

I think Johnson should be the opening day starter. Why would Nolasco, or anyone else, have an edge over him?

Johnson certainly is worthy of starting on Opening Day. The argument for Nolasco is rewarding him for last year. Also, Nolasco is already showing signs of building on what he did in 2008.

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