JJ works 1 2/3 scoreless innings
JUPITER, Fla. — Shaking off the rust didn’t take long for Marlins ace Josh Johnson.
In his Grapefruit League debut against the Cardinals on Monday, Johnson worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings, finishing with 41 pitches.
The right-hander, on a strict pitch count of no more than 45 pitches, struck out two, while allowing two hits and a walk.
Monday marked the first time the Miami ace faced another team since last May.
Johnson’s velocity topped out at 94 miles per hour.
In a perfect first inning, Johnson retired Skip Schumaker on a fly ball to center field. He then struck out Jon Jay looking on a 93 mph fastball. The inning ended when the right-hander struck out Matt Holliday on a changeup.
The second inning was a bit more challenging. After getting two quick outs, Matt Adams singled and Tyler Greene doubled past Hanley Ramirez at third base. Daniel Descalso worked out a walk, loading the bases.
Manager Ozzie Guillen immediately replaced Johnson. Lefty Wade LeBlanc entered and ended the threat by retiring Alex Cora on a fly ball to right field.
In 2011, Johnson went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation in mid-May, and he missed the rest of the season.
– Joe Frisaro