The San Diego Padres are concerned that starting pitcher Josh Johnson has not made more progress as he tries to return from a strained forearm. As such they decided that Johnson needed to be re-evaluated this week, and the man in charge of that evaluation is the most famous doctor in sports.
Unable to return yet this season, Johnson is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews. Per Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Tribune:
His progressed stalled since a right forearm strain shut him down a week before opening day, Johnson is scheduled to meet with noted orthopedic surgeron James Andrews next week for a closer look at his balky right elbow.”
If Dr. Andrews delivers the bad news that is often expected upon such visits, it could be the second time Johnson is forced to have Tommy John surgery. He previously had the surgery in 2007. That would be especially devastating for Johnson after he signed a one-year deal this off-season to reassert his value after a rough 2013 campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays.
If there were the case, that would likely make it such that neither Johnson nor the Padres will have a chance to reap the benefits of what seemed like a solid deal for both parties. Hopefully Johnson receives better news than that and can still pitch in San Diego this season.