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Johnson likely suffering nerve damage
Projected top-tier starter may miss large part of season
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- Josh Johnson underwent a series of MRIs on Friday, and the results indicate the Marlins right-hander may indeed have nerve damage in his throwing arm.

"They think it's probably a nerve thing," Matt Sosnick, Johnson's agent, told The Associated Press. "The worst-case scenario is probably that he would be out eight to 12 weeks, but they have to figure out what this thing is."

For days there was a growing fear that Johnson was plagued by a nerve problem in his elbow/biceps area.

The results of three MRIs showed there was no ligament or rotator cuff problems. A bone scan also came back normal, according to Sosnick.

Projected as one of the Marlins' top three starters, Johnson may miss a significant portion of the season. If surgery is required, he likely would be lost for the year.

Johnson experienced discomfort in his biceps/triceps area while throwing off flat ground on Jan. 19. He has thrown twice since, but after again feeling something wasn't right, he has been shut down.

As a rookie in 2006, the right-hander was 12-7 with a 3.10 ERA. His season was cut short after a Sept. 12 start, during which he re-entered the game after an 82-minute rain delay. He experienced forearm tightness that night, and he hasn't thrown off the mound since.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
 

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We just have to hope for the best. Get well soon JJ :pray .
 

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you have to wonder if Girardi's decision to keep JJ out there that day has to do with the current injury
 

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you have to wonder if Girardi's decision to keep JJ out there that day has to do with the current injury

i was under the impression that the rain delay game was the only possible cause. are there any other theories floating around?
 

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Looks like anything between 2 months to the season unless something really random is wrong that can be fix easily.

Blah.
 

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Johnson's tests inconclusive
Source of pain for Marlins righty to be examined with more tests
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- A series of tests taken on Friday still didn't pinpoint exactly what is wrong with Josh Johnson's throwing arm.

The belief remains that it is a nerve-related issue in his elbow/biceps area. It's likely that the 23-year-old Marlins right-hander will undergo specific tests to see if there is nerve irritation.

"I guess they have tests for that -- I don't know too much about it," Johnson said of how nerve issues are discovered.

Johnson said on Saturday that MRIs were taken on his elbow and shoulder, along with a bone scan. All of those results came back favorably.

"The waiting game ... again," Johnson said. "They ruled out a stress fracture and they checked the ligament again. My shoulder looks better than it did a couple of years ago."

Once again, ligament damage has been ruled out.

Odds are, Johnson could miss a significant portion of the 2007 season. If surgery is required, he would likely be out the entire year.

"I'm trying to get back [this] season, trying to get back to the team as soon as possible," Johnson said. "Whatever I can help out, if I get stuck in a certain role, that's fine. Whatever I can do."

Johnson threw twice off flat ground in Spring Training, but he felt discomfort after his second session. He remains in a "no-throw" period.

Johnson has said that his ailment could be similar to what Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny experienced in 2004. He has a nerve-related problem that caused him to miss more than two months.

As a rookie in 2006, Johnson finished 12-7 with a 3.10 ERA, making 24 starts and appearing in 31 games.

If Johnson is cleared to pitch this season, chances are, he may not automatically be inserted into the starting rotation. As Johnson noted, he will accept any role. So he could be possibly be used in relief.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
 

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Unless my math is bad or I missed something by reading too fast, the headline says "will miss most of the season" but the article says worst case 8-12 weeks. Does not translate to most of the season.
 

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Two to three months is April, May, and possibly June. That leaves July, August, and September if there are no setbacks and if he doesn't get the surgery.

When you're missing that much time, does it really matter what verb he used?
 

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Unless my math is bad or I missed something by reading too fast, the headline says "will miss most of the season" but the article says worst case 8-12 weeks. Does not translate to most of the season.


Say its 3 months.


Thats end of June.


Then he would have to actually start throwing and get ready via rehab. Thats gotta be at least another month.

Most of the season.
 

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His agent said 8-12 weeks, dont believe that

Nerve damage is not good - might be looking at surgery. Consequences of a rookie Manager
 

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From what I have read in other articles if he has to have surgery he would most likely miss the entire season. Not being a doctor, I have no idea. JJ himself has been comparing the injury to what Brad Penny went through in '04. I don't believe Penny had surgery and only missed a couple of months.
In another thread I was wondering why he hadn't been to see Dr. Andrews (I did say in Atlanta when actually the doctor is in Alabama ooops). I believe it was in Friday's PBP that said he had been to see the specialist. That is at least semi good news IMO.
 

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