When the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Josh Johnson last November, they had big plans for the former Miami Marlin.
Coming off another solid year in which the then 28-year-old starting pitcher compiled a 3.81 ERA, the Jays were hoping that along with the addition of Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey, they would form a formidable front half to their starting rotation.
Sadly though, Dickey has struggled, Buehrle looks like a shell of his former self and Johnson has only thrown 19 innings as a Jay thanks to injuries.
All isn’t bad though as Johnson struck out three over four scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Buffalo last night, looking every bit of the former ace he was in Miami. More importantly though, in addition to Johnson looking good on the mound, he also looked healthy – something he’s struggled with the past few seasons.
The Jays are expected to give Johnson one more rehab start, just to make sure all is well, before re-calling him.
He’ll return with a 6.86 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP.