Josh Johnson hasn’t pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays since April 21, and isn’t expected to be back in the Blue Jays rotation till at least the beginning of June.
Soreness in his right tricep muscle has placed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list. He is elgible to come off the DL on May 13, but it does not look like he will be able to return to the rotation that early.
With Ricky Romero being sent back down to the minors, the Blue Jays are stuck with only four starters in their rotation. Fortunately for them, they have a couple of off days before Johnson will be able to return and that will allow them to last with using only a couple of spot starters until he does come back.
Johnson plans to return to the hill for a rehab start on May 21, but that is not set in stone yet.
To start the season, Johnson is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts. He has shown some very good signs on the mound despite his miserable ERA.
The Blue Jays went out and got Johnson expecting big things and he has shown glimpses, but they need him to on the mound in order for him to be worth trading for. More importantly, the Blue Jays need to get on a winning streak and in order to do that, they need Johnson back in the rotation.
Johnson is eligible for free agency at the end of the season if he chooses to go that route.