Josh Johnson throws first bullpen session since being placed on DL

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Josh Johnson may not be able to help the fading Marlins anytime soon, but he’s at least moving in the right direction.

Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post reports that Johnson threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today. It was his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on May 21.

“It felt good,” he said. “It felt like I was throwing about 10 mph but that’s kind of expected the first time around in a month. Getting back on the slope, I felt like I almost fell down on the first throw, it felt good to get back up there.”

The Marlins transferred Johnson to the 60-day disabled list earlier this week, which rules out his return until after the All-Star break. The soonest he could pitch for the Marlins again is July 16 against the Cubs.

Johnson went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over his first nine starts prior to the injury.

Miles Mikolas open to extension with Cardinals

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Though he has only accumulated just over two years of service time in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas can become a free agent after the 2019 season due to language in his current two-year, $15.5 million contract. He is open to signing a contract extension with the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Mikolas said, “It’s something that the Cardinals and my agency have to work out – if the numbers work out and everything turns out to be it’s absolutely something that could happen.” His agent, from Octagon, has had discussions with the Cardinals about a framework for an extension.

Mikolas, 30, spent the 2015-17 seasons pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. He had great results, which he was able to leverage into a contract back in the U.S. Last season, his first in the majors since 2014, he finished sixth in NL Cy Young balloting and earned a spot on the NL All-Star roster. The right-hander went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a 146/29 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 innings.

This coming season, Mikolas will be part of a starting rotation that also includes Carlos Martínez, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright.