JJ to throw off mound soon

NEW YORK — Josh Johnson is on the verge of throwing off the mound, according to Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest.

Johnson could be taking the mound either Friday or sometime this weekend.

The Marlins’ ace, who has been on the disabled list since May 17 with right shoulder inflammation, isn’t expected to pitch at the big league level the rest of the season. But the team would like to see if the right-hander face batters before the end of September, even if it is during a simulated game in Jupiter, Fla.

“We’re hoping that he’s going to get on the mound in the next day or two or three,” Beinfest said on Thursday. “We were talking about late this week, this weekend to get him on the mound.”

Asked if Johnson will pitch for the Marlins this year, Beinfest said: “I doubt it. I don’t think the Major Leagues. Maybe our mini-camp. Maybe in a simulated game. At this point, is it possible? I guess, yes. But he’s just getting on the mound. It’s Sept. 1, and he has 27 days to get all the way ramped up.”

Even if Johnson faces batters before the end of the month, the team and the right-hander will have a better indication of where he stands for 2012.

“We just want to get him on the mound, even if it is simulated in Jupiter,” Beinfest said.

* It is undecided if Chris Coghlan will be brought up to the big leagues as a September callup. Coghlan has dealt with several injuries.

* Matt Dominguez likely will get called up, but the team will wait until after the Minor League season ends on Sept. 5 before bringing up a majority of their players.

Joe Frisaro

 

 

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