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The Walking Wounded Report

Never let a day go by.

Johnson is done for the season.

Johnson returned to South Florida on Tuesday to have his right forearm examined. An MRI revealed a strained ulnar collateral ligament but no tear. The ulnar collateral is the ligament that is replaced when a pitcher has Tommy John surgery.


Even before the diagnosis, manager Joe Girardi scratched Johnson from his next scheduled start Saturday. He also said that if Johnson had a strain the right-hander would not pitch again this season.

In other injury news:

Jeremy Hermida, who hasn't started since Aug. 30 because of a right ankle injury, isn't likely to play the outfield in the final two weeks. But Girardi has not ruled out using the rookie right fielder as a pinch-hitter.

The left-handed-hitting Hermida has appeared twice as a pinch-hitter in September, making his last appearance on Sept. 4.

"He's not able to run 100 percent," Girardi said. "It's silly to put him out there."

I guess the theory is: if one needs a left-handed bat who only needs to be able to make it to first, then Hermida is a possibility.  Given the fact that he his hitting .254 this year with very little power.  I doubt he will be the first option off the bench.

Finally, if you were wondering why Resop was used to as the setup man last night.  Here is your answer:

With closer Joe Borowski unavailable, the Marlins could not preserve a one-run, eighth-inning lead. Rather than usual setup man Taylor Tankersley, the Marlins brought in Chris Resop to pitch the eighth.


Attempting to dismount from the bullpen bench after the final out Monday, Borowski slipped off the wooden platform and landed on his pitching elbow. The impact jarred his shoulder.

"It felt like a jolt, but I really didn't think too much about it," Borowski said. "I was able to play catch, but it took longer to get loose. I told them I could use a day.

Tankersley was set to be the closer last night.

The choice of Resop wasn't a bad one but unfortunately it wasn't his night last night.

This strangely reminds of last year when injuries completely stopped the team and if the starter couldn't personally hand the ball to the closer, the game was rarely won.

There are, of course, some differences.  This year the injuries have mainly happened to pitching staff and Borowski hasn't been quite as good down the stretch as Todd Jones was last season.

But still, it feels about the same.  At least to me.