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Josh Johnson Health Update


  Josh Johnson was feeling a bit better on Saturday, one day after being scratched from his scheduled start against the Mets due to a stomach virus. How the illness impacts his Opening Day start remains to be seen.Pepto

   Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Johnson might throw a side session on Monday and, if all goes well, make his next start on Wednesday against the Mets. That would still enable him to pitch the season  opener in New York on April 5. If Johnson remains under the weather and can't pitch Wednesday, it's likely Ricky Nolasco would receive the Opening Day nod, with Johnson pitching the second game of the season -- two days later.

The upset stomach thing has worked its way through the Marlins clubhouse the past couple of weeks, and two days has been the typical recovery time. John Baker, Jorge Cantu, third base coach Joe Espada and Gonzalez's son, Alex, have also come down with the virus. 

   Other news on a slow morning:

    -- Outfielder Cody Ross will DH and bat first each inning in a minor league game this afternoon. Ross has been out with a calf injury.

    -- Gonzalez said he'll wait until at least Monday before announcing his starting rotation, which is expected to consist of Johnson, Nolasco, Anibal SanchezChris Volstad and Clay Hensley. Hensley will be on the mound today for his first start of spring training and is expected to go five innings. Leo Nunez will also see action and throw two innings. 

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