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Nick Johnson to See Doctor -- DL Likely


   There's a good chance the Marlins will place first baseman Nick Johnson on the disabled list as early as late tonight as he continues to battle an injured right hamstring. Johnson said he "still can't ramp it up" and was unable to finish a jogging exercise on Tuesday.

    The Marlins have scheduled an appointment for Johnson to see a doctor later this afternoon, and the club will then make a decisoin on whether to DL him. All signs are pointing in that direction. Johnson has not played since Aug. 16, and the Marlins must place him on the 15-day disabled list no later than Wednesday in order to make his DL time retroactive to that day.

    "There is some improvement, but it's not the (significant) improvement you want," said manager Fredi Gonzalez.

    Look for the Marlins to place Johnson on the DL and bring up a position player, more than likely an outfielder such as Brett Carroll, Alejandro de Aza or Cameron Maybin.

    -- Don't look for the Marlins to make any big surprises when they start to expand their roster on Sept. 1. Gonzalez said they'll probably add players from the mionrs that have already been up at some point during the season -- in other words, players like Carroll, De Aza, Maybin, Brett Hayes, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, Luis Ayala and Tim Wood. And top prospects Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison, both at Double A Jacksonville, probably won't be called up next month.

Tonight's lineup: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Ross Gload, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 5. John Baker, c; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 9. Sean West, lhp.

   

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