By Evan Brunell
The Marlins placed ace Josh Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, a sudden reminder that as dominating as Johnson can be, he can't seem to get over the injury hump.
Johnson revealed to the Miami Herald that he's been dealing with the injury all season, but it would always dissipate during warmups -- so he never even told the team. During Thursday's bullpen session, however, the stiffness would not go away, so he finally told Florida, which sent him for a MRI that revealed inflammation. He was immediately placed on the disabled list, even though he is likely only to require the minimum stay, which would allow a return on June 1, where he would face the Diamondbacks.
"It took everything I had to go and say something," Johnson said. "It's just kind of the way I am, the competitor I am. But, once I did it, it almost felt better, like something lifted off my shoulders. I'm kind of at peace with it. Now I can get it right and get back to feeling good like I was at the beginning of the season."
Florida made the call for Jay Buente from Triple-A, transferring infielder Donnie Murphy to the 60-day disabled list to clear a move. Buente has made five starts on the year after converting from relief mere weeks into the season. He's been impressive, as the 25-year-old leads his Triple-A league with a 1.94 ERA.
Johnson, who has a 1.64 ERA in nine starts on the year, had only pitched five innings in his last start on Monday against the Mets. Johnson denied his injury had anything to do with his removal, as he felt fine. During the game, he was struck in the right forearm with a one-hopper, but X-rays revealed no damage.
"I felt fine," he said. "Everything was coming out the same. Once I get loose it's loose. But it's been taking forever [recently]. I just knew that it didn't feel right. it was really sore. It was actually my last bullpen where i started getting really sore. i woke up the net morning and I was like, 'Man, doesn't feel great.'
"There's no good time [for an injury], but this is probably the best time, early in the season," he added. "[We can] catch it before it carries on into other starts. It's a good time to catch it."
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