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The Walking Wounded Report

The results of Anibal's MRI look good, I guess.

The results showed some inflammation and tendinitis, but no structural damage. The 22-year-old native of Maracay, Venezuela, has been told not to throw for two weeks. He will be examined again around Feb. 5.

For now, Sanchez is continuing to do his running, but he is resting his arm and taking anti-inflammatory medication.

Marlins pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training on Feb. 17, in Jupiter, Fla. The setback means Sanchez will likely be eased into his throwing routine at least for the early part of spring.

There is one part of the article that setoff an alarm, at least to me.

The Marlins had no comment on Sanchez's injury status.

It could be the Front Office is just being cautious and not really wanting to say anything until they know definitively.  But when they are playing it so close to the vest, especially with a pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in 2003, it does generate a spark of concern.  It is very possible that Sanchez won't be good to go at the start of the season.  

In other injury news concerning one of the team's young starters.

In September, Johnson was bothered by right forearm tightness, which caused him to sit out the rest of the 2006 season.

Johnson has been throwing regularly, and he has been given a clean bill of health for when the Marlins report to their spring home at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter.

Good deal.  Josh should be in the rotation at the start of the season.

Keeping the young starters healthy could prove to be quite a challenge this season.  While the Marlins have young pitchers out the wazoo, not all are ready for the big time under the lights. And since the strength of the team of is pitching, it really needs the more or less proven ones to stay in the rotation.