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Sunday, July 13
Updated: July 14, 8:20 PM ET
Johnson to make at least one more rehab start

Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson will make what could be his final rehabilitation outing Tuesday night and could rejoin the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation for a start next Sunday in San Diego.

Randy Johnson

"We're going to wait to see how he comes through his next rehab outing,'' manager Bob Brenly said on Sunday. "If all goes well, that will be his spot. If there's a reason to make an adjustment, we'll make the adjustment.''

Johnson will pitch for Class A Lancaster of the California League in a game at Rancho Cucamonga.

The five-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined since April 28 while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He has made two rehab starts with no adverse effects.

Brenly spoke with Johnson before the big left-hander threw a session on flat ground Sunday.

"He said the knee was fine, no new swelling, no problems at all, so it looks good,'' Brenly said.

Trainer Paul Lessard said Johnson's knee was fine after his low-key workout on Friday.

Johnson threw four perfect innings for Triple-A Tucson at Fresno in his first rehab outing on July 5. He threw 44 pitches, striking out four.

He went another four innings last Thursday night for Double-A El Paso against Midland, allowing two unearned runs and three hits. He threw 43 strikes and 20 balls, struck out five batters, walked one and hit two.

"This is my second spring training,'' Johnson said after that outing. "It will take another rehab start and probably three or four starts in the majors before I'm back at full strength.''

Johnson will extend his number of pitches on Tuesday.

"I would assume probably around 80-85 pitches,'' Brenly said.

The Diamondbacks play eight in a row on the road after the All-Star break, four in San Diego and four in San Francisco. Brenly said Curt Schilling would get the first start after the break, followed by Miguel Batista, Brandon Webb and maybe Johnson. Elmer Dessens will be fifth in the rotation order.

Schilling spent six weeks on the disabled list with a broken right hand. He returned to the rotation on Saturday, allowing four earned runs in six innings in Arizona's 8-1 loss to San Francisco.

Johnson, the NL Cy Young Award winner in all four of his seasons with the Diamondbacks, was 1-2 with a 6.94 ERA before undergoing surgery to remove bone chips and repair a slight cartilage tear.

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