SAN DIEGO (AP) -Florida right-hander Josh Johnson left the Marlins' game against the Padres on Wednesday night after five innings because of a stiff forearm, then was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Making just his fourth start after missing the first 2 1/2 months of the season while recovering from an irritated ulnar nerve in his pitching elbow, Johnson said he felt the tightness while throwing warmup pitches before the sixth inning.
``It didn't get better,'' he said. ``It was tight. I guess better safe than sorry.''
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the coaching staff ``saw him start fidgeting with his arm to get it loose. We went out and asked him and he said, 'It's tightened up.' So that was all we needed to get him out of there.''
Johnson held San Diego to four hits while striking out three in five scoreless innings. He came in with a 10.97 ERA.
Johnson was activated from the disabled list on June 18.
``I really can't put into words how I feel,'' Johnson said. ``I finally got back to where I wanted to and something bad happens.''

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