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Walking Wounded

It's time again for the walking wounded report.

Outfielder Cody Ross (hamstring) is eligible to come off the disabled list before Tuesday's series opener against the Phillies, but he isn't close to ready.

Ross was hitting and running early last week in Pittsburgh, but he suffered a setback and didn't do anything in St. Petersburg.

"They shut me down," Ross said. "Once we get back home, I'll start getting after it. It's coming. It's doing a lot better, but I haven't even started running yet. The thing about hamstrings is they get better really fast and then kind of plateau and it lingers there. It's lingering right now."

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Josh Johnson (elbow) threw a simulated game last week and will throw another in Jupiter on Tuesday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said no date has been set for his first rehab start. ...

Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) will start playing catch today. ...

Outfielder Alejandro De Aza remains in Jupiter with no timetable for his return. A bone bruise in his ankle still isn't permitting him to run without pain.

It will be interesting to see what the club does once Cody is ready to go, which may take some time.  During his absence Linden is going to have to prove he can hit major league pitching better than Borchard and whoever loses the contest will most likely be placed on the waiver wire upon Ross's return.

Don't look for Johnson, Sanchez or De Aza to rejoin the team anytime soon.  I would like to think to the Marlins are getting the injuries out of the way early, but that probably isn't the case.  I suspect this year is going to be injury-ridden, all season along.  I hope I'm wrong.