According to Gregor’s latest at dot com, Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson is “expected to be out until at least June.” Soreness in his right triceps muscle has kept him from pitching since his last start on April 21st, and he just began playing catch again recently. He’s eligible to come off the DL on Monday, and there was hope that he’d be back by May 21st but… Nope.
The 29-year old Oklahoma native has a 6.86 ERA over his 4 starts as a Blue Jay. As I’m sure you know, his contract expires at the end of the season, so feel free to speculate about how this affects contract extensions for a guy we’ve all seen less than 5 times and has a history of injury.
Also mentioned in the article is the news that Brandon Morrow’s next start will be pushed back, Ramon Ortiz is starting tonight, J.A. Happ will be out 4-to-6 with his head and knee injuries, and hey top pitching prospect Roberto Osuna might need Tommy John surgery. Tons of good news here.
Stoeten here, with a couple more tidbits related to pitching woes, as Alex Anthopoulos spoke yesterday to reporters– such as John Lott of the National Post– on the subject, explaining that “the fact that we don’t expect it to be a prolonged absence for these guys certainly helps so we need to get through it these next few weeks. Hopefully with the offence starting to swing the bats a little bit more … we can stay in games and win some games.”
The GM also spoke one-on-one with Barry Davis of Sportsnet yesterday, the results of which you can see below.
In good– question mark?– news, the team did activate mid-spring acquisition Michael Schwimer from the DL today, then promptly optioned him to Buffalo. So… there’s that.