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Josh Johnson is out until at least June

May 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Josh Johnson AP

Josh Johnson is eligible to return from the disabled list Monday, but Gregor Chisholm of reports that he’s not expected to be back from a triceps injury until at least June.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos laid out a recovery plan that includes Johnson starting his first minor-league rehab game on May 21, but added: “That’s not set in stone, but that’s kind of the date that we’ve had.”

Assuming that the Blue Jays want him to make at least 2-3 starts in the minors that means June 1 is probably even optimistic at this point, which is a major change from a week ago when they were hoping Johnson could avoid the disabled list altogether.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Ouch. Not good news.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Hey come on!! The jays just called up Ramon Ortiz!!! Dont sweat it!!

    • xavier46 - May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      You’re so right, this is terrible news for the rest of MLB. I think I speak for everyone when I say we’ll miss that fatty ERA; it’s just shy of a touchdown!

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        My heart bleeds for the rest of MLB. They will just have to suck it up and cope.

  2. 18thstreet - May 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Is it too early to declare their season over? I mean, how can they compete without Happ, Johnson, Drabek, and Reyes for extended periods?

    • aceshigh11 - May 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      It’s definitely getting late quickly for that team. I’m really surprised they never got any traction in the division.

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Agreed! It is getting late. For the rest of the month, the hitters have to improve.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        hitters have to improve? You mean strikeout more or less? good luck with that

    • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Their season isn’t over….but they have to play .611 ball (77-49) the rest of the way just to get to 90 wins, which is probably about the number of wins needed to get them into the playoffs.

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        It is possible; however, most of the heavy lifting will have to be done from June onwards.

  3. pisano - May 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    That trade with the Marlins hasn’t turned out to well for the Jays, maybe the Marlins news something about these guys that the Jays didn’t, time will tell.

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Time will tell. Johnson was always seen as a probable 1 year rental to be replaced by either Drabek or Hutchinson (both of whom had TJ surgery last year).

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      The Marlins knew Johnson was a big injury risk and so does anyone else who has been paying attention. And Burhle is way out of his league trying to pitch in the AL East, i had him pegged to be like 12-10 with a 4.60ERA on the year but he’s been much better then i ever imagined. Reyes was the best player they got but he has had injuries and playing 81 games on turf wasnt the best situation for him. Yea the Marlins dumped a lot of salary and took the jays to the cleaners in this trade. AA and Gibbons might be looking for work real soon

    • evanwins - May 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      I was curious as to how this would affect his trade value. He is probably the best free agent to be pitcher.

      I remember when this guy came up, he was ridiculous. Tough to know if he’ll ever get bak there or even remain healthy enough to try.

      Regarding the trade with the Marlins, it didn’t work out in Miami so I’m not sure what gave the Blue Jays the idea it would work in Toronto. I wonder how hard Loria had to fight to include some of the other players, besides Reyes. You know, “If you want Reyes so bad you’re going to have to take this other bunch”.

  4. randygnyc - May 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    18thstreet- the marlins knew what everyone else knew, that Reyes and Johnson are fragile. Hell, if I knew it, why didn’t AA? And how couldn’t they see that Dickey’s 2012 was probably not repeatable? Forget his guaranteed contract already, but they actually gave up talent to get him. Out of all managers, coaches and GMs, AA’s seat has to be the hottest.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      well said, all points are exactly what i saw when this trade happened

    • 18thstreet - May 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Reyes is still a relatively young man and played 160 games last year — healthy enough to lead the NL in plate appearances. There was certainly reason to believe his injuries were behind him.

      And RA Dickey was projected by Bill James and ZIPs to have a roughly 3.80 ERA. His 2011 ERA was 2.84 and his 2012 was 3.28. I don’t see how anyone should have predicted he’s have an ERA over 4, much less 5 (he’s at 5.06 right now).

      I’ve never been a fan of Buerle. And Josh Johnson was a crapshoot. But I don’t think the Jays made indefensible decisions.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Johnson is just doing what he does best, going on the DL, personally i dont see why anyone is shocked here but then again i dont see many smart baseball people on this thing

    • nbjays - May 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Harry, you wouldn’t know a smart baseball person if they hit you in the junk with a 95 MPH fastball. You certainly don’t see one in the mirror. You haven’t posted anything on this site that hasn’t either: a) talked shit about someone (usually the Jays or PC or Cur) or b) agreed sychopantically with a semi-intelligent post that disses the Jays. Get over yourself.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        I’ve forgotten more baseball then you will ever know junior, so spare me the riot act

  6. Pantheon - May 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Gee, all of these brilliant baseball minds on this site are amazing. Such foresight! Such baseball acumen! When was dirtyhary1971 in the bigs? What team was he GM for? Really cracks me up the way that pessimists post all their “I told you so” posts. Rave on. Looking forward to your pithy comebacks.

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