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Josh Johnson will go on the disabled list again

Mar 22, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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Padres starter Josh Johnson will start the regular season on the disabled list with a strained flexor muscle, Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports.’s Corey Brock adds that Johnson is expected to miss a month to five weeks. The right-hander was having a decent spring in limited playing time, posting a 3.38 ERA in 13 1/3 innings.

Johnson had surgery in October to remove a bone spur and loose bodies from his right elbow. The Padres brought him along slowly, having him make his Cactus League debut in early March, but as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Johnson suffers an injury. He had two stints on the DL last season with the Blue Jays, dealing with triceps inflammation and a forearm strain. He finished with a 6.20 ERA in 81 1/3 innings.

  1. alexo0 - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Many experts loved the pickup, predicting the Padres as a dark horse wild card team in large part to getting Johnson. They seemed to ignore his injury history in doing so.

    • ptfu - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      That was as much due to addition by subraction in the rotation. If Josh Johnson throws a single pitch this season, he will be better than Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard, and Jason Marquis were last season. The Padres have all kinds of young and/or replacement level pitchers better than those guys were. Ian Kennedy’s got room for improvement too. Lineup & defense should be reasonable.

      No, the Padres’ chances depend on overall team health, not specifically Josh Johnson’s. Being without Cameron Maybin, Joe Wieland, Casey Kelly, Cory Luebke, maybe Yasmani Grandal, maybe Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin when he’s inevitably banged up, and whoever else is going to do in their season.

      • ch0psuey - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        Agree with all those points ptfu. However I am starting to get some bad flashbacks of the Padres starting rotation last year. ugh… yikes.

      • gloccamorra - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Not to worry, ch0p, the Padres have Matt Wisler, Donn Roach, Burch Smith, and Robbie Erlin ready to fill in. There will be no repeat of picking up Jeff Suppan, Ross Ohlendorf, or Kip Wells, like 2012.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Gator, i believe you live yourself more than kim kardashian loves herself. You are a rude little bitch and i cannot wait until you leave this planet

      • alexo0 - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Kind of a random thing to say, no?

      • Old Gator - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        It’s not random in his case. It’s a tape loop.

  2. yahmule - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Leaving AL East.
    NL West parks.

    Made of porcelain.

    • nbjays - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Porcelain? More like that glass they use to make Christmas ornaments.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Hey be nice! He was my favorite bluejay in the past 10 years, I don’t know why they didn’t sign him to another contract. The Jays will miss him and so will I, no doubt.

      • yahmule - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Harry, you’re such a sentimentalist.

      • Old Gator - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        No, he’s a piece of garbage, having fun at the expense of someone’s injuries again. It’s a pattern of his, expressive of his gutter origins.

  3. djandujar - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Does this automatically trigger his weird half-price option for 2015? His contract is a bit confusing.

    • NYTolstoy - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      He has to play less then 8 games for his 2015 year contract to kick in

      • gloccamorra - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        I think it’s eight STARTS. Then again, if he can’t even do that, why would they want to pay him another $4 million next year? There must be a rule against asking for refunds.

  4. icanspeel - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Thought he would have at least made it to the regular season before getting hurt. Padres have some interesting young arms, so will be 1 of their time to shine.

  5. NYTolstoy - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    What a surpise. The contract looked bad when they signed it and now he will miss more them a month before the season even begins. The only smart thing is that if he can’t pitch more then 7 games an option kicks in for next year for around 4-5 million I believe. Either way what a waste of 8 mil. Especially for a team with a tight budget.

    • ptfu - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      He’d have to miss nearly the entire season to not be worth his 2014 salary…at which point the team gets him even cheaper next year, and a near-guaranteed shot at earning that money. Check out

      “Whether a win is worth five, six or seven million dollars, Josh Johnson has been worth $8 million every season of his eight year career save two. It just happened that one of those seasons was last year. It’s easiest to remember last year.”

      • NYTolstoy - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        Well I remember him very well from his time with the Marlins but he has had some big injuries over that past few years. Again if he pitches 15-20 games healthy and doesn’t repeat last year’s numbers then it was worth the signing. But in my opinion I don’t see him playing that many or at a very competitive level.

        On another note I really just can’t get behind the whole a win is worth 7 million a year deal where some players are worth 60 million a year or what not (I’m sure that’s a a high number but you understand I’m sure) it just always bugged because it means they’re being underpaid and in what world is 8 million being underpaid. It’s just something that makes me cringe a bit

      • NYTolstoy - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        Also PFTU thanks for the link I enjoyed the article. It Also gave me some insight that maybe the Padres weren’t sure if Johnson would be ready this year and if history can repeat itself he can have a comeback year in 2015 and pitch those 190 innings agian. In essence if he missed this year but plays well next year the 12 million will most likely be a “bargain” for the team barring a 1.5 WAR ofcourse.

  6. ch0psuey - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Damnit Mr. Glass.Was hoping for good things from him but in back of my mind always thought it was prob too good to be true.

  7. mudhead123 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Does “playing less than 8 games” mean 7 games?

    • NYTolstoy - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      No…No it doesnt. Believe me I’m a doctor

  8. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    Wait, where are all the idiots who think Josh should still be a Marlin? I see one of them has already posted in this thread and referred to him as gutter origins. How classless and stupid do you have to be to be a gator? The answer of course is very

    • Old Gator - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:36 AM

      UM…I think the real question is, how dimwitted, uncomprehending and illiterate do you need to be to misread totally a very simple comment and not understand that “gutter origins” referred to our virtual village idiot’s making fun of Johnson’s injuries, not to Johnson himself. Go back to junior high school – preferably in Massachusetts, where the school system won’t be financially compromised by your hero Scrooge McLoria’s looting of the public till, and learn to read before you shoot your mouth off again, you mystified jackass.

  9. gloccamorra - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    This is no big deal. Johnson had offseason elbow surgery and it’s just forearm tightness that comes from throwing after a layoff. A little rest and he’s back in business. The way the schedule was set up, the Padres were going to skip him for a few starts due to early days off anyway.

    His big problem is that his reputation may not save him if the high-upside, younger, cheaper pitchers waiting in the wings perform. He might become Josh “Wally Pipp” Johnson before the season is over.

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