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JUPITER, Fla. -- Some of the Marlins' most promising young pitchers have injury concerns.
On Wednesday night, the Marlins confirmed that reliever Taylor Tankersley has left shoulder inflammation and is on no-throw status for five to seven days. There is a chance the 23-year-old lefty will not be ready for Opening Day.

While the Marlins face the prospect of being without their primary lefty reliever, there is growing concern that starter Josh Johnson could be out an extended period of time.

A league source told MLB.com Wednesday night that Johnson has an unspecified elbow problem. Already expected to be on the disabled list by Opening Day, the source added that Johnson could miss a significant portion of the season.

The Marlins' first-round pick in 2004, Tankersley was in contention for the closer role, although more likely he was being considered as an eighth-inning specialist.

Tankersley was 2-1 with a 2.85 ERA in 49 games a year ago. He had three saves and threw 41 total innings.

According to the Miami Herald, Tankersley had an MRI on Monday, and the shoulder was reexamined Wednesday. He has no structural damage.

Johnson, meanwhile, has been plagued by arm troubles since last Sept. 12, when he was lifted after five shutout innings against the Mets at Dolphin Stadium. In that game, the 6-foot-7 right-hander sat through an 82-minute rain delay before returning to the mound.

Finishing with a 12-7 record and a 3.10 ERA, Johnson felt forearm tightness that day. Then on Jan. 19, he felt discomfort in his biceps/triceps area during a throwing session on flat ground. He had an MRI on Jan. 31, which revealed no structural damage.

The discomfort in Johnson's arm lately has been above the elbow.

Additionally, Anibal Sanchez, who will make his first Grapefruit League start on Saturday, has been bothered by shin splints in both legs. Sanchez had an MRI on his shoulder in January, but he said his arm feels fine. It's his legs that are acting up.

ahh... my head is spinning
 

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Injuries are a part of sports.


Couple of things to remember here:

1) We have a ton of young arms in our system

2) Without a CF'r and with one of the worst bullpens in the majors, the 2007 club is hardly a playoff contender anyway.
 

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For awhile I've had a bad feeling this 'triceps' injury was eventually going to be reclassified as an elbow injury.

And because I can't resist saying this...

We can all look up to heaven and thank our lucky stars that Girardi was at least looking out for Jon Lieber.
 

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I thought you were going to be optimistic at first. I guess you were half optimistic.
 

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If it's anything more than soreness, just shut him down now and find out what is wrong. We have no shortage of arms.
 

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This sucks. Wow. This will give an opportunity to one of our other arms to step up. I see Gaby Hernandez stepping up by mid-season.
 

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Just put me out of my misery now and say he is going to see Dr Andrew in Alabama :(
 

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Perhaps my memory deceives me, but did JJ already not undergo a barrage of MRI's? Seems to me this is just a waiting game, no fear of "serious" injury.
 

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JJ's one of the last players I want to see on the DL. dammit. Hope that there will be an article in the paper tomorrow, saying that they were just kidding and JJ and Tank are fine. :confused
 

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odds are significant amount of time = all of 2007
 

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For awhile I've had a bad feeling this 'triceps' injury was eventually going to be reclassified as an elbow injury.

And because I can't resist saying this...

We can all look up to heaven and thank our lucky stars that Girardi was at least looking out for Jon Lieber.
:lol

I knew someone was going to go there.





This really sucks. :bangdesk


when can we have some good news??
 

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I am not counting on JJ at all this year as others have eluded usually when something turns out to be a season ending surgery it starts with "soreness" and the team shuts down the player for a while , than he attempts throw again the sorness is still there , then we are told while their is cause for concern the multitude of tests reveal nothing serious , then after more time and several more tests it is revealed major surgery is needed and player will be out 12-18 months. Girardi really has set JJ back i have never heard or seen a scenario where a pitcher after a 82 minute rain delay and several innings in the books is allowed to continue ptiching, Joe's decision is going to have ramifications for YEARS
 

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Looks like Dr. Andrews is going to get another Marlin customer.

I guess it is a pretty good thing that Beinfest stocks up on starters, because there's something in the air that shrivels up elbow ligaments.
 

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I am not counting on JJ at all this year as others have eluded usually when something turns out to be a season ending surgery it starts with "soreness" and the team shuts down the player for a while , than he attempts throw again the sorness is still there , then we are told while their is cause for concern the multitude of tests reveal nothing serious , then after more time and several more tests it is revealed major surgery is needed and player will be out 12-18 months. Girardi really has set JJ back i have never heard or seen a scenario where a pitcher after a 82 minute rain delay and several innings in the books is allowed to continue ptiching, Joe's decision is going to have ramifications for YEARS

pitchers are pansies these days by and large anyway.


but he probably should have been held back in this day and age. 25 years ago, not so much. but we cant live in the past.
 

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Don't go jumping out the window yet. It is way too early to be bringing up Dr. Andrews name. Like Swift wrote, Johnson has had a battery of tests and from all reports these tests revealed no structural damage. One last thing - I note that it was a league source, not a team source, that spread this latest bit of gossip. There may be something to it, but I would give it more weight if it was somebody in the Marlins FO going on the record and not some nameless schlub working for MLB.
 

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Odds on Josh Johnson Tommy John Surgery
Vegas Says
3:1 - All Star Break
6:1 August
10:1 November
1:1 It's Girardi's fault, no one wins... EVER
 

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Odds on Josh Johnson Tommy John Surgery

So do you have some inside info on Johnson's injury or are you just fear mongering?
 

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