There has been a faction of the baseball world banking on a resurgence from San Diego Padres right-hander Josh Johnson, but that return to relevance and/or prominence will have to wait for at least a few more weeks.
Bad news for the #Padres; Josh Johnson out for at least a month to five weeks with flexor strain in right forearm.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) March 22, 2014
Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Johnson has suffered a flexor strain in his right (pitching) forearm that will keep him out for 4-to-5 weeks, and to be honest, this is anything but surprising given his track record. The veteran right-hander has only reached 90 innings once in the past three seasons, and in 2013, the wheels fell off when he posted just a 6.20 ERA in 81.1 innings.
That type of performance shed the label that Johnson was “always good when he actually pitched”, but there is still much reason to believe that he can be rectified, and this is an unfortunate setback for the pitcher and his team. Fortunately, San Diego has more than a few capable arms to step up in his absence, but it is a safe bet that none of them have the upside that Johnson has flashed in his past.