When the San Diego Padres signed oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson to an $8 million contract for the 2014 season, they were hoping they'd get a bounce-back season from the pitcher who had shown moments of brilliance in his MLB career.
Instead, they're getting a whole season of Johnson on the shelf.
Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock, ending his season with the Padres before it even began. It will be Johnson's second Tommy John surgery, and another chapter of rehab for a player who hasn't made 20 starts in four of his eight full MLB seasons.
Not only will it be another Tommy John surgery for Johnson, but it will also be his second elbow surgery in six months. He had offseason surgery to remove bone spurs.
Johnson had been sidelined in the early season because of a forearm strain that turned into elbow trouble. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported last week that the Padres feared Johnson might need Tommy John, and the worst has come to pass.
Because Johnson won't start more than seven games this season, the Padres hold a team option for 2015 that would pay Johnson $4 million. However, it remains to be seen whether they exercise it, considering Johnson won't be ready for opening day.
Johnson adds another name to the 2014 Tommy John victim list, which includes Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Matt Moore, Jarrod Parker, Patrick Corbin and San Diego teammate Cory Luebke, among others.
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