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Josh Johnson | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Josh Johnson (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore on Friday.
He'll throw one inning Friday and is set for another inning for Lake Elsinore on Monday. It looks like the Padres will bring Johnson back as a reliever, assuming he makes it back at all. He hasn't pitched in a game since August of 2013 and has had numerous setbacks along the way as he works his way back from a second Tommy John surgery. Sep 4 - 10:53 AM

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Josh Johnson (elbow) thinks he could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

Johnson got through a 15-pitch simulated game on Tuesday with no issues and believes he's ready for game action. It sounds like the right-hander could join the Padres at some point later this month, although with him the next setback is usually right around the corner.
Sep 1 - 7:59 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) will throw a simulated game this week.

Johnson has gotten through a couple bullpen sessions without a setback, which qualifies as a major feat for him. He's dealt with nerve issues as he works back from a second Tommy John surgery and there remains no timetable for his return.
Aug 23 - 2:34 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Johnson had to be shut down back in June after feeling tingling in the fingers on his right hand. Although it's certainly good news that he's throwing from a mound again, his return this season still looks like a major long shot.
Aug 19 - 2:56 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow, neck) had to stop his simulated game on Monday after just three pitches when he felt tingling in the fingers on his right hand.

Johnson had to be shut down last month from his Tommy John surgery rehab due to a nerve issue in his neck and it appears he's not over it. He'll undergo tests on Wednesday, but this looks to be another significant setback. Johnson appears at this point to be a long shot to ever throw a pitch for the Padres during his two years with the club.
Jun 16 - 7:45 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Monday.

He threw a bullpen session without any issues on Saturday. It seems Johnson is finally on the right path after a number of setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Assuming all goes well, the right-hander could begin a rehab assignment later this month.
Jun 13 - 11:44 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) will be shut down from throwing due to a nerve issue in his neck.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Johnson has now had setbacks with his triceps and now his neck. The good news is that the nerve issue doesn't appear to be a big deal and he hopes to resume playing catch later this week. However, obviously he can't be counted on anytime soon.
May 25 - 7:32 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow, triceps) felt soreness after his bullpen session on Tuesday.

Johnson was scratched from his scheduled throwing session on Saturday. The Padres were hoping to get Johnson back sometime in June but this setback complicates things. Johnson missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
May 23 - 8:37 PM

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

This move has nothing to do with Johnson's status, it merely frees a spot on the 40-man roster for Eury De La Rosa who was claimed off waivers on Saturday. Johnson continues to rehab his elbow and triceps injuries and is expected to return to the Padres at some point in June.
May 23 - 3:18 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow, triceps) has resumed a throwing program.

Johnson had to be shut down for a bit after feeling tightness in his triceps during a simulated game in late April. He appears to be back on track, though, and the Padres are optimistic that he'll be ready to begin a rehab assignment before long. Johnson could be an option for the rotation sometime in June.
May 13 - 9:10 AM

Josh Johnson (elbow) reported that he had felt tightness in his triceps after throwing a simulated game a week ago.

Johnson said that the tightness he felt after his simulated game on April 28 has abated, at least. He plans on playing catch later this week. It's a setback for the oft-injured pitcher, who will need to show that he's healthy before the Padres move forward with his rehab.
May 5 - 8:47 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) threw a 40-pitch, two-inning simulated game on Tuesday.

"This shows that I'm getting pretty close," Johnson said. Johnson will now head to extended spring training for another simulated game on Monday. The Padres are then expected to decide where to send him for a rehab assignment. He'll almost surely use all of his allotted 30 days, putting him on track for a return in early June.
Apr 28 - 10:56 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) threw a successful 40-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

Johnson was able to use all of his pitches and reported feeling good afterwards. He'll repeat the process on Monday or Tuesday, and if all goes well could then be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment.
Apr 24 - 7:47 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session on Monday.

Johnson will begin a rehab assignment next month and figures to be an option for the Padres' rotation by June as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. The righty is a worthy roster stash if you have room.
Apr 13 - 7:28 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Monday.

Johnson indicated to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports that his delivery feels better now than it has at any point since the 2011 season. He isn't expected to be an option for the Padres until around June, and the way they are currently pitching there may not be any vacancies.
Apr 12 - 8:43 PM

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