The San Diego Padres signed veteran starting pitcher Josh Johnson to a one-year deal this off-season. The $8 million contract seemed like a great deal for both parties, as Johnson had a chance to re-establish his value while the Padres could possibly get a good season out of a guy who was once an ace in this league.
In order for that plan to be set into action, however, Johnson needs to actually take the mound. Unfortunately a right forearm injury is preventing him from doing that, and the team is concerned about his lack of progress:
— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) April 14, 2014
Johnson is coming off a woeful 2013 season, in which he made 16 starts and was largely ineffective. He went 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA. He still posted a 9.2 K/9, however, so he could still possess the wipe-out stuff that made him a force and a top-5 Cy Young guy during his years on the Marlins.
The Padres hope that Johnson’s health does not continue to be a problem. Thankfully for them, they will only be losing out a worthwhile flier if the situation does not eventually improve.