Jon Morosi from Fox Sports is reporting that Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Josh Johnson will be shelved until late May as he recovers from a triceps injury. The Blue Jays are hopeful that struggling starter Ricky Romero can hold down the fort until Johnson is healthy. Romero pitched adequately in his first start of the season but fell victim to the long-ball, surrendering three runs in four innings on the bump.
Johnson had struggled leading up to the injury, posting an uncharacteristic earned run average of 6.86 in his first four starts as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 29-year old missed almost the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury, but this injury appears not related as Johnson is dealing with triceps soreness.
This is not only a key season for the rebuilt Blue Jays, who need a healthy Johnson in the rotation if they are going to contend in the American League East, but also an important season for Johnson himself. The hurler is poised to become a free agent and would benefit financially from a healthy and successful campaign. Perhaps if Johnson struggles, the Jays will be able to retain the services of the pitcher at a reduced rate.
The two-time All-Star’s best season came in 2009 when he went 15-5 with a 3.23 earned run average as a member of the then Florida Marlins.