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Injured Josh Johnson is now a defacto coach for the Padres

May 12, 2014, 12:51 PM EST

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Josh Johnson is out for the season following a second Tommy John elbow surgery and never even got to throw a regular season pitch for the Padres, but now he’s keeping busy by coaching the other pitchers on San Diego’s staff.

Corey Brock of MLB.com explains:

“Really, the only thing I can do is help these guys out where I can,” Johnson said. “Since the team came back from that last road trip, I have watched pretty much every single bullpen [session]. I will do that again when they come back from this trip, too.”

The Padres have a pitching coach (Darren Balsley) and a bullpen coach (Willie Blair). And now they have Johnson, who has volunteered his services, his eyes and opinions to the team if they want it.

“I love it,” Balsley said. “This wasn’t anything he asked to do, either. Going back to Spring Training … JJ was the same way, watching other guys pitch in the bullpen. I think part of it is he really wants to be a part of this team. He was really looking forward to pitching here. He has been very supportive for the pitchers. I’ve given him free reign to help out where he sees fit.”

A one-year, $8 million contract makes Johnson the world’s highest-paid coach, but it’s still a cool story because, as Brock writes, he “could just as easily slip in for his rehab work before games and leave undetected, free to head home.” Instead he’s hanging out, helping young pitchers, and generally just being a good guy to have around. All of which is especially interesting because the Padres hold a $4 million team option on Johnson for 2015.

  1. Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Good for JJ. He certainly never asked for a frangible elbow, and I don’t doubt that all he really wants is to be able to take the mound again. If he can do that vicariously and help his team get some value out of the deal for which they committed to him, more power to the guy.

  2. icanspeel - May 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    It’s cool he is making good use of his time and helping out. If his arm doesn’t let him throw another pitch it sounds like he may get into coaching.

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