pitching situation got more precarious Friday when set-up man
was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Hensley injured the shoulder Wednesday when pitching in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks. He struck out Sean Burroughs but slumped over in pain after delivering the strikeout pitch and had to leave the game.
The injury came just three days after Hensley came off the disabled list after falling in the team hotel in Cincinnati in early May and injuring his ribs.
But this injury could be more serious.
did not have specific details, but said, "We're all concerned it could be a long time."
The Marlins are already missing starter
, who is on the disabled list with shoulder
. Johnson threw Friday, but not from the mound.
"I am getting closer," Johnson said, but he will not be able to start Tuesday when he is scheduled to come off the disabled list.
"As long as he's moving forward and feeling better day by day, that's a good sign," Rodriguez said. "We don't want to throw him out there until he's 100 percent. If we have to wait a bit longer, we'll do that."
Rodriguez said he is not sure who will start Tuesday, but said using relievers, as they Marlins did Saturday in win over the
, would be a last resort.
"We have to sit down and talk about the options. We don't have an idea right now. We're not leaning toward anybody in particular," Rodriguez said.
If the Marlins call up a pitcher from the minors to make the start, it could mean that ailing shortstop
gets placed on the disabled list.
Ramirez has been sidelined with
. He declined to talk to reporters about the injury Friday, and Rodriguez had few details.