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JUPITER, Fla. -- Tests revealed that Josh Johnson has ulnar nerve irritation in his right biceps area that will result in him being out at least two months.

 

The Marlins' 23-year-old right-hander underwent a series of nerve tests in Jupiter on Monday.

 

While the Marlins now must brace for life without one of their top young starters, the encouraging news is the medical staff is confident Johnson won't need surgery.

 

"It's better than three months," said Johnson, who had a chance to be the Marlins' No. 2 starter. "I knew I wouldn't be out the whole year."

 

The injury is similar to what Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny had in the second half of 2004. Penny missed a majority of the second half of that year.

 

Johnson added that medical personnel told him this injury should heal itself.

 

Johnson experienced discomfort in his biceps/triceps area while throwing off flat ground on Jan. 19. He has thrown twice since, but after feeling discomfort again on Feb. 22., he was shut down.

 

Since then, the 6-foot-7 Oklahoma native dealt with uncertainty. Now he can take comfort knowing exactly what is bothering him.

 

"It's a lot easier. I just know. It's good to know," Johnson said. "I know exactly what it is. Now, I can hopefully set a timetable."

 

At least early on, Johnson had peace of mind that he wasn't bothered by ligament damage. Several MRIs showed the ligament was fine and that he didn't have any stress fractures.

 

"We ruled that out early," Johnson said of a ligament problem.

 

Johnson had an MRI taken by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., and he had a couple of MRIs and bone scan taken last week.

 

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 in which he re-entered the game after an 82-minute rain delay. He experienced forearm tightness that night, and he hasn't thrown off a mound since.

 

Johnson says he doesn't think his Sept. 12 start had anything to do with his current injury.

 

"I doubt it," he said. "I went through the whole throwing program in the offseason."

 

The Marlins open the regular season on April 2 at Washington. The earliest realistic date of Johnson returning would be around the first of June.

 

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

 

Yea, I don't expect anything (at best) till the All Star Break

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What did he do in the offseason to irritate it? Possibly nothing-so why was this not examined in detail months ago by the doctors and what changed to cause it to show up now? Doesn't his health insurance cover him for the whole year, so I would doubt that Loria would have had to pay for the medical exam in December.

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two months of regular season or two months from this week?

Tha article say June 1st, so two months of the regular season. Can't say anyone can blame this one on Joe if its an injury that time can heal if it was Joe he would have been healed already.

 

two months of regular season or two months from this week?

Tha article say June 1st, so two months of the regular season. Can't say anyone can blame this one on Joe if its an injury that time can heal if it was Joe he would have been healed already.

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GIRARDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

 

 

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Right because the entire world is 100% sure that it happened during a rain delay.

 

Of course there is no way he hurt his arm (nerve for that matter) because of the tremendous amount of wear and tear a pitcher's arm endures during the throwing motion.

 

If the Marlins lose a close game at their new ballpark in the year 2013 will that also be Girardi's fault?

 

Your clown act is getting tired and the circus is getting impatient.

 

 

Time for a new act.

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GIRARDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

 

 

:|

 

 

 

 

Right because the entire world is 100% sure that it happened during a rain delay.

 

Of course there is no way he hurt his arm (nerve for that matter) because of the tremendous amount of wear and tear a pitcher's arm endures during the throwing motion.

 

If the Marlins lose a close game at their new ballpark in the year 2013 will that also be Girardi's fault?

 

Your clown act is getting tired and the circus is getting impatient.

 

 

Time for a new act.

 

 

You know what, it is pretty damn obvious that my post was in jest. Unfortunately you refuse to interpret it that way. Perhaps you are the one who needs a new act. Since the firing I've only made fun of the situation while you continuously attack posters with your unyielding viewpoints. Grow up.

 

 

 

Made fun of the situation?

 

 

Wrong. You bring the name up at each and every opportunity and drag it though the mud for YET another round of bashing.

 

 

Let's call it like it is and not sugar coat it.

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