Morning Jolt: Marlins ace Johnson to see Dr. James Andrews

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Wednesday, June 29

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Marlins ace to see Dr. Andrews

Josh Johnson will face on Wednesday the three words at which pitchers cringe: Dr. James Andrews. The Marlins said Johnson, on the 60-day disabled list with inflammation, does not feel like his shoulder is 100 percent. For peace of mind he's visiting Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007, before continuing his rehabilitation program. "We'll know more [Wednesday], but it's not great," President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said. "He threw a pen on Friday and reported a little more stiffness and just didn't feel right. ... It's obviously not what we were looking for in the progression." Matt Sosnick, Johnson's San Francisco-based agent, termed the visit "strictly precautionary," and added that Johnson's shoulder seems to be fine. (Sun-Sentinel)Comment

Artest not heading to Finland after all

So, Ron Artest isn't heading to Finland? Amid various Internet reports indicting [Artest] plans to play for a Finland professional basketball team, agent David Bauman said they aren't true and are nothing more than a "publicity stunt." "I'm his agent and nothing has come across my desk," Bauman said. "Although Ron has asked me to explore all options over in Europe in the event of a prolonged lockout, there are several legal and business considerations that have to be addressed. The biggest one involves insurance. None of those have been addressed and I don't even know who this guy claiming to have an agreement is. Final thing is what if the league has a lockout for say two weeks and then end up getting a deal." (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Agent: T.O. 'fantastic,' will start in '11

This just in: Drew Rosenhaus is bullish client Terrell Owens. Rosenhaus, confirmed Tuesday that the star receiver tore his anterior cruciate ligament, had surgery in early April and "will be playing at the start of the NFL season." In an interview with ESPN, Rosenhaus called speculation that Owens was considering retirement "nonsense" and said the 15-year veteran is doing "fantastic" and could be recovered as early as August. Rosenhaus said Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery to the same knee in which Owens tore his meniscus late last year. "The old injury has been repaired," Rosenhaus said. "He is many months into recovery and doing fantastic. No predictions on training camp, but he comes back fast from injuries. I won't rule him out of anything. He will be a starting receiver for someone this year." (Cincinnati Enquirer)Comment

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