Blue Jays Starter Josh Johnson Looks Good In Rehab Start

Apr 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson (55) pitches to the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Josh Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays

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