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Josh Johnson has surgery to remove bone spurs from elbow

Oct 1, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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Josh Johnson, who struggled all season before being shut down in late August, underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

Dr. James Andrews did the honors and Johnson is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, although Johnson being fully healthy ever again is obviously a big question mark. Bone spurs are generally not a huge deal, so if it turns out that they were the primary cause of his arm problems that would actually qualify as positive news for the impending free agent.

Not so long ago Johnson was one of the best young right-handers in baseball, but now at age 30 he’s likely looking at an incentive-laden one-year deal after throwing just 81 innings with a 6.20 ERA this season.  Johnson has missed a ton of time with injuries over the years, but until this season he’d always remained very effective when healthy enough to take the mound.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Recently, his agent said that Johnson had some unfinished business in Toronto and would be open to coming back if The Jays made him a qualifying offer. In effect, he was saying “please offer Johnson a qualifying offer of $14 million as that is much much better than Johnson would get in free agency”. Johnson will not get anything close to a qualifying offer from the Jays and will have to settle for an incentive laden deal from someone.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      And that’s about the size of it, right there.

      • nbjays - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        That’s what she said…

  2. edelmanfanclub - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    He could rebound, but probably should head back to the NL.

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