Josh Johnson feeling good after first bullpen session

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Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson made only nine starts last season due to shoulder issues. He’s optimistic that things will be far different in 2012.

According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the 27-year-old ace felt “good” after throwing a bullpen session (29 pitches) Tuesday for the first time since September. He has been cleared for regular mound work, and should enter spring training late next month with a clean bill of health.

Johnson posted a 2.30 ERA and 186/48 K/BB ratio across 183 2/3 innings in 2010 and owns a superb 2.98 ERA for his career. If all continues to go well, he will start the Miami’s season opener April 4 vs. St. Louis.