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Johnson Exits With "Weak" Shoulder -- "Nothing Serious" Manager Says


               Back up from the clubhouse, where there were some new details concerning Josh Johnson's early exit from Thursday's game against the Brewers. Seems there were some concerns about Johnson's right shoulder, though all parties emphasized there is nothing seriously wrong with the Marlins' ace.

               Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the decision was made to remove the ineffective Johnson after the fourth inning because there was "something there -- nothing serious" with Johnson's pitching shoulder. Said Johnson: "It just doesn't feel great. I wanted to go back out there. It's not tight. Almost weak. But then I came in here and did all the strength stuff, and they told me it's not weak. I've heard stories of people leaving Colorado and feeling absolutely awful their next start."

               Johnson labored all game and was lifted after throwing four innings, his shortest outing since June of the 2007 season. He remains on schedule to make his next start in five days.

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