JJ’s road to recovery

A better indication of when Josh Johnson will be able to pitch will be known at the end of this week.

If the Marlins’ ace can begin a throwing program later this week or early next, then there is a realistic chance he could pitch again this season, and perhaps in early September. But if he is no closer to throwing, then it dramatically decreases the odds of him returning before the end of the year.

Johnson has been on a routine to strengthen his right shoulder, and he made progress last week.

If he continues to make strides this week, then he may not be far away from picking up a baseball.

Johnson has been on the disabled list since mid-May with right shoulder inflammation. He visited Dr. James Andrews at the end of June, and he hasn’t done any throwing in July.

Johnson repeatedly says he hopes to pitch in a game before the season ends, even if it is in relief for a game or two. The reason he wants to pitch this year is to give him some peace of mind going into the offseason.

If he can pitch in game situations without pain, he will be more assured his shoulder is fine for next season.

Joe Frisaro


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