Nolasco, Johnson injury updates

Ricky Nolasco underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Expected recovery time for the Marlins right-hander is four to six weeks.

Also on Wednesday, Josh Johnson was sent back to South Florida to have his back and shoulder examined by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Johnson has some inflammation in his shoulder, but no structural damage. He has also has a mid-back strain.

The most encouraging news about JJ is his ailment is not serious at all.

The right-hander will rejoin the club on Friday in Washington. Nothing has been determined if he will be able to pitch any time soon.

Nolasco, who finished the season with a 14-9 record and 4.51 ERA, had attempted to pitch through the knee problem. He last pitched on Aug. 28 at Atlanta, logging two innings.

“We have to make sure that JJ is ok, not only for the time being, but we have to make sure that his career is not in jeopardy,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

If Johnson is cleared to pitch, the earliest he would be in the rotation is on Wednesday, Sept. 15 against the Phillies at Sun Life Stadium.

— Joe Frisaro

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