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Walking Wounded

It's time again for the walking wounded report.

Infielder Aaron Boone said he's making progress in his rehab and feels little discomfort in his left knee. Boone, who was put on the disabled list June 25, isn't expected to return for a couple of weeks.

Henry Owens (shoulder) started throwing from the mound Tuesday, and fellow right-hander Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is scheduled to pitch four innings for Double-A Carolina tonight. Left-hander Renyel Pinto (shoulder) won't resume throwing for another three to five days.

I'm not sure that any of players mentioned above will be rejoining the team this season, despite the optimistic time table for Boone and Nolasco.  And they are the only two who are a possibility.  While Boone was signed to only a one-year contract, and I'm sure that the Marlins would like for him to prove that he his healthy enough to consider resigning him in the off-season.  It is doing no favors to him or the organization to play him before he is able.  

In the case of Nolasco, as you remember, if he is ready, the club plans to use him in the bullpen.  It is very conceivable that he will rejoin the team in September once the Minors close out their regular season, so that he can see some work in live action.  But if he is not completely ready, the club shouldn't rush him up.