J.J. may throw on Wednesday

Josh Johnson is still battling a stomach virus — or flu-like symptoms.

Yet, the Marlins ace is feeling better, and plans are being made to keep him on pace to start on Opening Day against the Mets on April 5 at Citi Field.

Johnson is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, and if he makes his start on Wednesday against the Mets, he will throw on Opening Day.

Johnson was scratched on Friday due to the stomach virus.

Even though he will face the Mets again on Opening Day, the Marlins rather have Johnson see the Mets in a Grapefruit League game instead of throwing in a Minor League game.

Johnson came to camp late Saturday morning, and he threw off flat ground for about five minutes. The right-hander headed for home before the Marlins played the Cardinals.

If Johnson is not ready to pitch on Opening Day, Ricky Nolasco would get the nod.

— Joe Frisaro


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