Not sure what to make of this one, as we’ve heard nothing of the sort from the club or the local media, but Jon Morosi of Fox Sports laid down this tweet earlier today, and I didn’t even think it warranted a Trolololosi GIF in response:
Blue Jays may not have Josh Johnson back until late May. They hope Ricky Romero can hold down the rotation spot until then. @mlbonfox
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 6, 2013
So… uh… yeah. 2013, you guys!
I’m sure this will set a few people off regarding the questionable reporting of injuries that has come from the Jays so far this year– Johnson’s triceps soreness was initially thought to be minor, and the DL stint was a bit surprise– but I’m not sure about all that. For one, this is certainly not a confirmed report, and Morosi himself says that they only “may not” have him back.
On the other hand, Johnson was sent to Florida to rehab his injury, so it’s entirely possible the severity of it is maybe a little worse than first believed, and that may have been hinted at, actually, when the Jays chose to call up Brad Lincoln as a replacement on the roster for Johnson. Doing so forced them to backdate the DL stint to just April 29th– when Lincoln was last up– rather than to Johnson’s last start, which was back on the 21st.
If it’s another example of an injury “misdiagnosis” to go pointlessly handwringing about, be that as it may.
As for the practical side of it, as I noted in the Griff Bag I posted earlier, it’s not like Johnson had been going so great that he’s going to be tremendously missed right now or anything. At his best, absolutely he would, but he just hasn’t been able to find his command this year– he sits dead last among 311 pitchers with more than 10 innings pitched this season in percentage of pitches thrown in the zone (per the adjusted, Baseball Info Solutions data at FanGraphs), at just 34.6%.
So… sure, let’s see what Romero’s got. Whatfuckingever at this point, amiright? And, as we said at the time of Johnson’s placement on the DL, the club could probably use some time to sort out what happens with their rotation anyway, so… maybe this is OK? If, y’know, it’s even news. I mean, we knew Johnson was going to be out until the middle of the month.
Gotta get him healthy for the trade deadline, right? Jesus fuck.