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Nick Johnson to return to lineup Thursday

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez told 790 The Ticket this morning during his daily show that he expects first baseman Nick Johnson to be back in the lineup tonight versus the Braves.

Nick Johnson Gonzalez said Johnson felt good in his two at-bats Wednesday night with the Single A Jupiter Hammerheads and might be given a day or two off between starts until he returns to full health.

Johnson doubled in his only Single A at bat Monday and struckout twice Tuesday. He hasn't played since the first game of a double-header against the Rockies Aug. 16 when he tweaked his hamstring running the bases.

> Left-hander Andrew Miller had a strong start in Triple A New Orleans Wednesday night and might be called up soon. Miller tossed six scoreless innings with eight strike outs and gave up three hits to go with two walks. It was Miller's first minor league start since July. 

> Right-handed reliever Brendan Donnelly gave up one hit in one inning down in Jupiter. Donnelly will return from the disabled list on Monday.