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Walking Wounded

It is time again for a report on the Walking Wounded.

Before Tuesday's game, Josh Johnson threw his second bullpen session since going on the disabled list July 5 with recurring right forearm stiffness.

Johnson threw all his pitches during the 45-pitch session...


'It was good,'' said Johnson, who threw 25 pitches Sunday for the first time since going back on the disabled list. ``I threw everything, all my pitches. Now I just got to see what the next step is. I'm not sure what it will be, but I felt good again.''

Then there is Cody.

Gonzalez said outfielder Cody Ross is nearing a return to the Marlins.

Ross, who has been playing at Jupiter, has been on the disabled list since May 6 with a left hamstring strain. He could rejoin the Marlins on their upcoming road trip, which begins Monday at Arizona.

And finally De Aza.

Center fielder Alejandro De Aza, out since April 16 with a stress fracture in his right ankle, has been running, and Gonzalez expects to have him back in two to three weeks.

We have been in this position with Johnson earlier in the year.  So my optimism about him being a long term contributer to the team is somewhat guarded.

Getting Cody back can only help the club, if he is indeed at full-speed.  I assume when he is ready to go, that Reed will be optioned back to Triple-A.

Finally, De Aza, assuming he progresses at rate that Fredi has projected, will be a nice addition to the team.  But I doubt he will be back that fast.  It is one thing to have healed from the ankle stress fracture.  It is completely another to be ready to face major league pitching again.

And that concludes today's Walking Wounded Report.