Josh Johnson unlikely to return on June 1 as Marlins play it safe with his recovery

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Placed on the disabled list over the weekend with right shoulder inflammation, Marlins ace Josh Johnson played catch from 60 feet yesterday and reported no problems afterward.

According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post there’s still a chance Johnson could be ready to return on June 1, but the Marlins are “leaning toward having him miss two more starts and return during the next home stand at the earliest.”

Manager Edwin Rodriguez stressed that the goal is to get Johnson healthy for the rest of the season rather than simply get him back in the rotation as soon as possible, which is obviously the smart approach. It sounds like mid-June is the most realistic timetable at this point.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.