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Johnson says forearm is OK, he won't miss start

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Josh Johnson said X-rays on his right forearm were negative after he was struck there by a Carlos Beltran grounder in the fifth inning Monday. Johnson said he plans to make his next start, which will be Sunday instead of Saturday.

Florida's game Tuesday was rained out, so the rotation was moved back one day.

Johnson's velocity Monday was 90-92, topping out at 93. He was 94-96 in his previous start, topping out at 97. Manager Edwin Rodriguez blamed the velocity drop on rainy weather that delayed the start of the game 80 minutes and prevented Johnson from getting into his normal pre-game routine.

"That was the No. 1 reason he didn't have that powerful fastball yesterday," Rodriguez said.

Johnson, who leads the NL with a 1.64 ERA, allowed one run on seven hits in five innings.

"It's pretty good when a guy doesn't feel good, doesn't feel right, and only gives up one run and keeps you in the ballgame," said catcher John Buck.

Tuesday's postponement will be made up on July 18.

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