WASHINGTON -- No major surprise here. Josh Johnson is likely done for the season due to persistent inflammation in his right shoulder.
"We think so," Johnson's agent, Matt Sosnick, replied in a text message when asked if Johnson was being shut down the rest of the season. "They (the Marlins) are not saying it's 100 percent (certain)."
Larry Beinfest -- president of baseball operations for the Marlins -- said through a team spokesman that it was "news to him" that Johnson's season was over.
After making only nine starts, Johnson went on the disabled list in May with a shoulder problem and has remained there ever since. He had started a throwing program in June, but shut it down again after visiting Dr. James Andrews. He has not picked up a ball since.
Andrews found no structural damage.
The pitcher is making $7.75 million in what is the second year of his 4-year deal. But 2012 is when the big money kicks in, as Johnson is due to make $13.75 million each of the next two seasons.