PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Johnson won't be rejoining the Marlins' starting rotation until mid-July at the earliest. That's because they're transferring Johnson to the 60-day disabled list in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Elih Villanueva, who is being called up from Triple A New Orleans to start the first game of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Johnson informed coaches on Monday that he was feeling the best he's felt in weeks. But Johnson (shoulder inflammation) is still throwing flat ground only and, because he hasn't pitched in so long, will now require additional time to rebuild arm strength and regain command. He'll need at least two or three rehab outings in the minors before he comes off the DL.
By surrendering eight runs in Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the Phillies, Chris Vostad's ERA climbed to 6.07. That means the Marlins now have the starting pitchers with the two worst ERAs (min: 60 innings) in the majors. Javier Vazquez, who has a 7.09 ERA, starts here on Thursday for the Marlins.
To make room for Villanueva on the 25-man roster, the Marlins are optioning infielder Ozzie Martinez to New Orleans.