LANDSHARK STADIUM -- Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said he got a bit worried Friday afternoon when he got called off to the side by head athletic trainer Sean Cunningham. Was it going to be more bad news for the pitching staff?
Nope. Cunningham wanted to Gonzalez the best news he's heard in weeks -- that Anibal Sanchez was up and throwing again. The Marlins right-hander, who left his previous start on May 7th against the Braves with a sore shoulder, played catch for about 10 minutes Friday and could be throwing from the mound before the team's 10-game homestand ends on May 24th.
“He came in today, said he felt good," Gonzalez said. "In Colorado, they told me three, four weeks before he picks up a ball. Sean told me his range of motion was good, and strength was good. That is very encouraging."
Sanchez said he still isn't sure when he could pitch. The Marlins have said they think it could be up two months. “I feel good,” Sanchez said. “Depending how I feel in the next couple days, I should know a little more. I don’t know how much time it’s going to be. But I don’t have any pain.”
As for staff ace Josh Johnson, it appears his short outing in Milwaukee was just a scare. Johnson, who told reporters his shoulder just didn't feel right, said Friday it was more like "a one day thing." He said he was given a strength test and passed it. He threw on Friday and said he's on schedule for his regular bullpen session Saturday.
"I don't have any pain at all," Johnson said. "That's good."
The Marlins lineup: 1. Bonifacio 3B, 2. Coghlan LF, 3. Ramirez SS, 4. Cantu 1B, 5. Uggla 2B, 6. Hermida RF, 7. Ross CF, 8. Paulino C, 9. Volstad P.