Jays' Josh Johnson avoids surgery but won't pitch again in 2013

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Josh Johnson's disastrous 2013 season is over. (USATSI)
Josh Johnson's disastrous 2013 season is over. (USATSI)

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Not long ago, Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson was placed on the DL with a forearm strain. Now, he's been given the once-over by the famed Dr. James Andrews. The verdict? As Gregor Chisolm and Evan Peaslee of MLB.com report, Johnson will not need to undergo surgery -- Tommy John or otherwise; however, Johnson is indeed done for the remainder of the 2013 season.

This season, Johnson, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 6, has put up some deeply disappointing numbers: 6.20 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 15 HR allowed in 81 1/3 innings. Coming into the 2013 season, Johnson boasted a career ERA of 3.15 (134 ERA+). However, he showed signs of "soft" decline in 2012.

Johnson, 29, is eligible for free agency this winter. But, as Chisolm and Peaslee note, the Jays may not even present Johnson with a qualifying offer, which means he'd sign elsewhere and the Jays would receive no compensation. A very short, incentive-based contract is likely in Johnson's near future.

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