Blue Jays place Josh Johnson on DL; will recall Ricky Romero

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Ricky Romero (right) will replace Josh Johnson (left) in the rotation. (USATSI)

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The Blue Jays placed right-hander Josh Johnson on the 15-day DL Thursday with inflammation in his right triceps, the team announced. Right-hander Brad Lincoln will take his roster spot temporarily, but the team intends to recall lefty Ricky Romero to replace Johnson in the rotation.

Romero, 28, was the team's opening day starter in 2011 and 2012. He pitched so poorly last year (74 ERA+) that the Jays sent him all the way down to Single-A at the end of spring training so he could work on some mechanical issues. Romero made just one minor league start, throwing seven innings of one-run ball for the team's High-A affiliate a few days ago.

On Wednesday, we heard the 29-year-old Johnson was expected to make his next start this weekend after an MRI showed nothing more than inflammation in his right triceps. The team obviously decided to play it safe instead. The DL stint is backdated to April 29.

Johnson is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts this season. He came to Toronto in this past winter's 12-player blockbuster trade with the Marlins, and he's scheduled to become a free agent this coming offseason. Johnson has a history of elbow and shoulder problems, but this is his first triceps issue.

Romero is scheduled to make his first start Friday against the Mariners, according to the Blue Jays. Lincoln gives the team an extra bullpen arm for Thursday.

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