Although Josh Johnson was scheduled to start on Monday night, Ozzie Guillen said Johnson has a small hamstring injury and the team does not want to risk him getting more injured. Wade LeBlanc will pitch in his stead this evening.
“J.J. is done [for the season],” Guillen said. “I think J.J. has been pitching the past couple of starts with a bad hip flexor. It started to bother him the last game. It was very sore. He continued to have some problems and I don’t think we should it’s worth it to try to [put him out there].”
Johnson finishes the season 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA after 31 starts. Coming back from a long-term injury Johnson struggled in April – his ERA was 5.34 at the end of the month – but he rebounded later in the season, posting a 2.91 ERA in September.
“For me to have this kid out there every start, missing just one start, to me it was a very, very good season for him,” Guillen said.
Guillen said that if the Marlins were in the playoff race Johnson would have pitched through the pain, but since they are not, the risk is not worth it.