99 Josh Johnson Problems

Reports surfaced yesterday that the Padres Josh Johnson, signed as a free agent over the winter, would be seeking a second opinion from Dr James Andrews on his injured forearm.

Then again, perhaps it was his elbow that he was getting checked. He had already had ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery on it once before, in 2007, and Dr Andrews cleaned it up in October of last year.

So which is it?

Even Corey Brock was (is?) confused:

I’m admittedly just nitpicking here. Either way, Johnson is looking less and less like the good signing I thought he was and more and more like the big, expensive risk that a lot of people thought about his signing. I have no problem saying I was wrong, if it comes down to that. And it’s looking like it’s going to take a minor miracle for Johnson to pitch anytime soon.

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Josh Johnson throws before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz.
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


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  • Geoff Hancock

    I don’t know that it’s an expensive risk even if he ends up needing Tommy John. I thought I remembered there being an out-clause for the Padres if he failed to make a certain amount of starts.

    • They’re still paying him $8MM this year. The clause is for next year’s option.

      • Geoff Hancock

        Well, there you have it then. This is why I drink. Also because drinking is fun and taste good. But this as well.