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Josh Johnson to have shoulder examined by Andrews

  OAKLAND -- Josh Johnson will have his injured right shoulder examined on Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews.

   "The update is that J.J. says that shoulder does not feel 100 percent and is going to see Andrews tomorrow before proceeding further with the throwing program," said Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' president of baseball operations.

     In a text message, Johnson's agent, Matt Sosnick said there is "nothing serious," but that Johnson was turning to Andrews for a second opinion.

  Sosnick said it was his understanding that Johnson was continuing to perform bullpen work as he works his way back from inflammation in his right shoulder, which landed him on the disabled list in mid-May.

  Johnson was eventually placed on the 60-day disabled list, and the Marlins were anticipating for him to come off the DL and pitch again shortly after the All-Star break in mid-July.

  The pitcher, who is in the second year of a four-year deal that pays him $39 million, made nine starts (3-1, 1.64) before going on the DL. He is eligible to come of the DL on July 16.

   Johnson threw off a bullpen mound in Jupiter on Friday.

   Meanwhile, reliever Clay Hensley (right shoulder sprain) threw his fourth bullpen today (45 pitches) and is scheduled to throw in a sim game on Thursday.

   "All good," Hensley wrote in a text message. "On track. Very pleased with pitches and the way the arm is responding."

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Roger S

Nothing serious? Guys just don't visit Dr. Andrews for another opinion. You visit him because you know you're really messed up and he's the only one who can potentially fix you. JJ is not coming back after the AS break, nor should he. At this point, what is there to gain from his return? What a waste of talent it seems. An elite pitcher who unfortunately looks doomed to be compared with the likes of Mark Prior.

Glags

I guess he can start making dinner plans with Mark Prior.

spitballer

It sounds bad....JJ has yet to pitch a full major league season....it would be a safe bet that he ever will.

Lou Vales

I'm not really presicient.I can just read between the lines. JJ probably has a 25% chance of never being the same pitcher again.I DESPERATELY hope I'm wrong. I find it somewhat ironic that MLB puts pressure on the Marlins to sign SOMEBODY and it turns out to be a guy who appears to be on the perpetual verge of breaking down.

Speaking of 2nd opinions.This is for you older guys. The Dolphin team doctors for about 25 years starting 40 or so years ago were the Virgin Brothers--Herbert and Charles.. One of the Virgin brothers examined Mercury morris and cleared him to play.Morris had a broken neck. There were several instances like that. After Larry Gordon died of a stroke in the early 80's over the Summer, I subsequently went to first game of the year and had great sideline seats. When Dr. Virgin strolled past before the game, I moved to the rail and bellowed--"Dr Virgin, is Gordon good to go?"

Glags

In 2009 he made 33 starts with 200+ IP. But your right, one complete season in 4 seasons is not good.

Clark

Here's the latest update on Johnson, just given to us from Larry Beinfest: "Update is that J.J. says shoulder does not feel 100 percent and is going to see Andrews tomorrow before proceeding further with the throwing program."

Still raining here in Oakland....compounding the problem, the outfield was re-sodded here a couple of weeks ago following a U2 concert -- yes, the same group whose performance in South Florida is the reason the Marlins had to move three of their home games to Seattle.

-- Clark

laurelbowie

Everybody marveled at how fast JJ came back from Tommy John surgery, and now it may be catching up with him. If that's the case, the doctors and trainers who oversaw his rehab should be shot where it hurts. I agree with Lou and others who think JJ has to be shut down for the year while somebody figures out what's really going on with him and where he goes from here. Who knows? — maybe he's overcompensating to avoid putting stress on his elbow. Maybe he has to drastically alter his pitching routine or his pitching motion, in which case Glags is right — move over Mark Pryor. It's all very scary.

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