JJ, Javy throw off the mound
The Marlins got their first glimpse of ace Josh Johnson throwing off the mound. And based on how the 6-foot-7 right-hander was releasing the ball it looked as if the two-time All-Star was in mid-season form.
Johnson threw a bullpen session on the first day of Spring Training at Roger Dean Stadium.
With John Buck catching, Johnson showed no signs of any carryover from the back and shoulder problems that caused him to miss the final weeks of 2010.
Also throwing off the mound on Friday was Javier Vazquez, a free agent acquisition who was with the Yankees in 2010.
Closer Leo Nunez threw off the mound for the first time, and he was re-united with Buck. The two formerly were teammates in Kansas City.
Chris Volstad also threw a bullpen session on the first day of camp.
After catching Johnson for the first time, Buck noted that the 27-year-old Florida ace is “special.”
“It was his first bullpen, and he wasn’t throwing 110 percent,” Buck said. “But I think after that pen he threw there, he probably could win 15 games. I know I haven’t even seen anything yet.”
— Joe Frisaro