Johnson (elbow) signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The right-hander will miss the entire 2017 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Johnson has posted a 5.28 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 22 career starts at the major league level.
The Padres declined to tender Johnson (elbow) a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. This was a given, as Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery in October and is set to miss the entire 2017 campaign. Johnson was hit hard in six starts between Chicago and San Diego last season, giving a whopping 14 home runs in just 31.1 innings.
Johnson (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday with Dr. James Andrews, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin reports. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list in mid-August with what at the time was considered a flexor strain. This is obviously a worse prognosis. The right-hander flashed moments of fantasy utility in his career with the White Sox but gave up 20 earned runs in only 19.2 innings with the Padres in 2016. Don't expect him to have a chance to improve on that until after the upcoming season.
Johnson was moved to the 60-day DL on Monday, Bill Center of Padres.com reports. San Diego's move opened a roster spot for the newly-acquired Luis Sardinas. The team has yet to indicate when Johnson will return, however, he has yet to begin throwing since being diagnosed with an elbow strain.
An MRI on Johnson's elbow Saturday revealed a flexor strain and he is expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The recently acquired righty struggled during his first five starts with the Padres, notching an 8.76 ERA to go with a 1.95 WHIP while allowing a staggering 11 home runs in 24.2 innings before landing on the DL. With Saturday's diagnosis, Johnson will be out until at least late July and he could be sidelined well into August. Given his performance as a starter, he may not return to the rotation immediately upon his activation from the disabled list.