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Walking Wounded

All wounded, all the time.

Aaron Boone [knee] is not close to returning. The veteran is doing strengthening exercises, and while he played some minimal catch on Monday, he isn't doing many baseball activities.

Outfielder Alejandro De Aza played in a rehab game in the Gulf Coast League on Monday, and he went 2-for-3 with a bunt single and stolen base. Out with a stress fracture to his left ankle for almost the entire season so far, the club still isn't sure how much De Aza will play in 2007.

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw 30 pitches in a simulated game on Monday, and he's seven-to-10 days away from a rehab assignment.

Henry Owens (shoulder) is doing light throwing, and Logan Kensing (Tommy John surgery) should start a rehab assignment in five-to-seven days.

Johnson will throw about 70 pitches (or four innings) on Wednesday.

It wouldn't be surprising to me if De Aza didn't see action again this season with the big club and will be forced to reclaim the job in next year's Spring Training.  September call ups aside.