Josh Johnson said he is intent on returning to the mound, even if the Marlins are hopelessly out of the race and it's the final month of the season before he is back to full health.

"It's always going to be worth it," Johnson said. "If I can come back and throw one start, I'm going to try to come back and throw one start."

Johnson and the Marlins were anticipating a mid-July return from right shoulder inflammation before he was dealt another setback last week, one that will likely push back his return to August.

While his examination with Dr. James Andrews did not reveal any structural damage, Johnson received a cortisone injection and was placed on no-throw status.

He is unsure when he will begin a throwing program.