By Evan Brunell
Josh Johnson is a very good pitcher. He's also very injury-prone, only once cracking 30 starts in a season despite debuting back in 2005 as a 21-year-old. If healthy, Johnson would be a perennial Cy Young candidate, as evidenced by his fifth-place finish last year, when he racked up a 2.30 ERA in 28 starts.
Alas, Johnson only got through nine starts in 2011 -- with a scintillating 1.64 ERA -- before landing on the shelf with right shoulder inflammation that continues to keep him out. In fact, it's been widely believed that Johnson was done for the year -- except that the Palm Beach Post says the righty could be back in September.
"We'll try to start building him back up,' GM Mike Hill said Monday. Johnson will begin a throwing program on Tuesday in which he long tosses for a week before moving to the mound. Once the process on the mound finishes, Johnson would need a handful of rehab starts before rejoining the Marlins. However, while this all sounds optimistic, keep in mind that Johnson tried to start the program in June before being shut down.
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