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Josh Johnson | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 249
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Johnson (elbow) is scheduled to throw to a catcher on flat ground next week.
Johnson will long toss at 240 feet this week. The right-hander is on his way back from his second Tommy John procedure, done this past April. He's on track to return at some point in May, barring any setbacks. Johnson has struggled to stay healthy over his career, but will still be worth a flier in fantasy leagues when he's ready to come off the disabled list. Mar 3 - 10:05 AM

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Josh Johnson (elbow) could throw his first bullpen session as early as next week.

Johnson underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April -- the second such procedure of his career -- and probably won't be an option for the Padres' rotation until mid-to-late May. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with San Diego in late December. The deal also carries $6.25 million in performance-based bonuses.
Feb 26 - 10:54 AM

Padres re-signed RHP Josh Johnson to a one-year, $1 million contract.

The deal was agreed to in late December and has now officially been announced by the Padres. Johnson sat out the entire 2014 season after undergoing his second career Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and he probably won't be ready to contribute until sometime in May. The one-year contract carries $6.25 million in performance-based bonuses.
Jan 7 - 5:07 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that the Padres have re-signed Josh Johnson.

It's a one-year deal worth $1 million guaranteed, and it also includes another $6.25 million in performance-based incentives. Johnson missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery -- the second of his career. He should be recovered sometime in May or early June.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 02:46:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Josh Johnson is leaning toward re-signing with the Padres.

However, a signing doesn't appear to be imminent. The Padres declined a $4 million club option on Johnson back in October, but they remain interested in bringing him back at a lesser salary. Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego reported last month that Johnson was talking to five or six teams.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears free agent Josh Johnson is talking to five or six teams.

Lin also reports that nothing is imminent and that the Padres remain his top choice. There seems to be some mutual interest there, as Joel Sherman previously heard the club was "working hard" to bring him back. A one-year deal to try to re-establish value is likely for Johnson, wherever he signs.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 06:32:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Padres are "working hard" to re-sign right-hander Josh Johnson.

Johnson didn't pitch at all this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. The Padres declined their $4 million option on him for 2015, but they are open to bringing him back for a lesser salary.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Chris Cotillo of reports that Josh Johnson will test out free agency rather than re-sign with the Padres during their exclusive negotiating window.

Both sides are interested in working out a new deal, with Johnson saying he feels he has "unfinished business" with the Padres after missing the season following Tommy John surgery. However, it appears that, not surprisingly, the right-hander will give other teams a chance at him before committing to the Padres again.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 01:08:00 PM

Padres activated RHP Josh Johnson from the 60-day disabled list; declined his $4 million option for 2015.

Johnson, of course, missed the 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery and could get a late start to next season. However, he and the Padres are both interested in working out a smaller, likely incentive-laden deal. The right-hander has ample upside when healthy, which isn't terribly often.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 07:57:00 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) played catch last week for the first time since Tommy John surgery in April.

"I'm very excited. … It's been a long time," said Johnson, who signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Padres last winter, but never threw a pitch for the club during the regular season. The team has until three days after the conclusion of the World Series to decide whether to pick up his $4 million club option for 2015. It's possible that they could try to work out a new deal even if they decline it.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 01:07:00 PM

Padres transferred RHP Josh Johnson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster. Johnson had successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday.

It's the second Tommy John surgery of Johnson's career, and he can now be ruled out through at least the first month of the 2015 season. He earned National League Cy Young Award votes in 2010 after posting a 2.30 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 183 2/3 innings for the Marlins, but chronic arm injuries have since derailed the talented right-hander. The Padres have a $4 million option on him for next year.
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

A decision will be made on Wednesday or Thursday regarding Johnson's future status. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported last week that the right-hander could need Tommy John surgery. If that's the route he winds up taking, Johnson likely will never throw a pitch for the Padres. The club has a $4 million option on Johnson for 2015 if he starts fewer than seven games this season.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:29:00 PM

Josh Johnson (forearm) will see Dr. James Andrews next week.

This confirms a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who also added that the Padres are worried that Johnson might require season-ending Tommy John surgery. Padres manager Bud Black said that Andrews "will look at everything," so he didn't exactly rule out the possibility.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 05:53:00 PM

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