Josh Johnson makes his return to the Toronto Blue Jays tonight against the San Francisco Giants after spending over a month on the disabled list. The Jays hope that he’s healthy and ready to give them a solid outing in the first game of the series.
Johnson and Rajai Davis both come of the 15 day DL today in hopes of giving the Jays a little spark on their west coast swing. Johnson has been out since April 26th with a triceps injury which had him miss the past 34 games for the club. Before he went out of the lineup he was 0-1 with an ERA of over six, but he showed some bright moments as a Jay. Now that his injury woes are figured out and he’s healthy he looks to take command over a starting rotation that has not had a leader this season.
In his last tune up start Johnson pitched 4.2 innings allowing 6 ER on 8 H with 3 Ks and 3 BB for Triple-A Buffalo. It wasn’t necessarily the outing the organization wanted to see from him, but the main thing is that he was healthy and ready to go.
The starters for the Jays have an AL-worst 5.56 ERA this season, and to make it worse Johnson is 0-3 with a 3.46 ERA in six career starts against the Giants. He’ll go up against Tim Lincecum in what would have been one of the better pitching matchups a few years ago, but since then they’ve both had their struggles so it should be interesting to see who comes out on top
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