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Phils to miss Josh Johnson

This time of year, you have to take what you can get, and the Phillies have gotten a couple of fortunate breaks over the last week that prevented them from having to face two of the top pitchers in the National League. First, it was Johan Santana going down with an injury in the week leading up to the Phils' series against the Mets. Now, it is Marlins ace Josh Johnson, who according to the Miami Herald will miss his scheduled start against the Phillies on Wednesday due to back and shoulder problems.

Phils to miss Josh Johnson

This time of year, you have to take what you can get, and the Phillies have gotten a couple of fortunate breaks over the last week that prevented them from having to face two of the top pitchers in the National League. First, it was Johan Santana going down with an injury in the week leading up to the Phils' series against the Mets. Now, it is Marlins ace Josh Johnson, who according to the Miami Herald will miss his scheduled start against the Phillies on Wednesday due to back and shoulder problems.

Johnson had hoped to throw a bullpen session yesterday, but was unable to do so, ruling him out for Wednesday. He sounds unlikely to pitch again this season.

Johnson has faced the Phillies twice this year, holding them to one unearned run on 10 hits in 15 innings. The imposing righthander has struck out 11 while walking two in his two starts -- the first a 1-0 loss in Roy Halladay's perfect game, the second a 2-0 win on June 10 when he allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings.

Johnson has faced the Phillies twice this year, holding them to one unearned run on 10 hits in 15 innings. The imposing righthander has struck out 11 while walking two in his two starts -- the first a 1-0 loss in Roy Halladay's perfect game, the second a 2-0 win on June 10 when he allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings.

Tonight, it is Joe Blanton against Andrew Miller, who struggled against the Phils the last time out.

Tomorrow, it is Cole Hamels against Adalberto Mendez, who held the Phillies to one hit in six innings of a loss last Monday.

Wednesday it is Roy Halladay against Alex Sanabia, who most recently held the Nationals to three hits and three walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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