The Blue Jays are presently lodged in last place in the AL East, and across all of baseball only the lowliest Astros and Marlins have worse records. So there's that. Now, here's more bad news for Toronto: right-hander Josh Johnson, who's presently sidelined with a triceps injury, will likely be out until June, reports MLB.com's Gregor Chisolm.
Johnson is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 13, but that's obviously not going to happen. He hasn't pitched since April 21. "He's started playing catch, feeling better," general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Chisolm. "We're hopeful to get him into a rehab game starting on the 21st [of May]. That's not set in stone, but that's kind of the date that we've had."
This season, the 29-year-old Johnson has pitched to a 6.86 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 2.11 K/BB ratio across four starts. For his career, he owns an impressive ERA+ of 129, but he hasn't been both generally healthy and highly effective since 2010.
The revised timetable for Johnson in tandem with the loss of J.A. Happ means that the Jays have plenty to figure out insofar as the rotation is concerned.