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Josh Johnson shut down for the season

Aug 28, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Josh Johnson met with Dr. James Andrews, who advised the Blue Jays to shut down the injured right-hander for the remainder of the season. However, the good news is that Dr. Andrews also determined that Johnson doesn’t need surgery on the strained forearm that’s sidelined him for the past three weeks.

Toronto acquired Johnson as part of the blockbuster deal with the Marlins this offseason and the one-time ace hoped to stay healthy and put together a big season with free agency right around the corner. Instead he made just 16 starts with a 6.20 ERA and more healthy problems, with Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com writing that the Blue Jays probably won’t even make him the $14 million qualifying offer necessary to receive draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.

If healthy he’s without question one of the best free agent pitchers available this offseason, but “if healthy” has forever been a question mark with Johnson and he may have to settle for a one-year deal at age 30.

  1. josemartez - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Hey, at least he won two games!

  2. chacochicken - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    So, Dr. Andrews just said, “You can’t let this guy pitch anymore this season. No he’s fine. He should just stop pitching.”

    • madhatternalice - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      He may have also said, “Hey, you’re 19 games out of first place. Why risk his health?”

      I’m convinced JJ’s made of porcelain.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    The Jays saw him as a rental this year. The loss of a draft pick in compensation hurts a bit. He is no longer worth $14 million, so he will not be offered that. The Jays might offer him a lesser amount on a 1 year deal if he passes a medical.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      I just don’t see Johnson with the Jays next season, simple case of both parties needing to go their separate ways.

    • pisano - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      pc…. Harry’s gonna love this, I can’t believe he hasn’t responded yet, get ready, it’s coming.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        He is possibly still sleeping off the hard work that his thumbs received this morning.

  4. mensad - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Yesterday the Blue Jays let go of Wang.
    Now Johnson is down for the year.
    Hopefully Dickey can keep it up for the rest of the season.

  5. Scott Axelrod - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    they saw JJ just as a rental? so they gave up Hechavarria, Alvarez, Marisnick, Nicolino, Escobar, Mathis and another minor leaguer who’s name escapes me…they them all up for Reyes and a 37 yr old Beuhrle? Can we say…taken to the cleaners?

    • nbjays - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Oh yes… obviously a one-sided trade because the Marlins have been SO good this year and… oh, wait…

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