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Josh Johnson to see Dr. James Andrews about troublesome elbow

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Josh Johnson's elbow will be checked out by Dr. Andrews.
Josh Johnson's elbow will be checked out by Dr. Andrews. (USATSI)

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Padres right-hander Josh Johnson will soon visit Dr. James Andrews about his problematic elbow, reports MLB.com's Corey Brock. The righty has not pitched this season after suffering a forearm/elbow strain in spring training.

"I don't know if I would say he's had a setback," said manager Bud Black to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "He just hasn't gotten better."

Johnson, 30, had surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow during the offseason. He has a history of arm problems, including Tommy John surgery in 2007 and shoulder inflammation in 2011.

In 16 starts and 81 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays last season, Johnson went 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA (66 ERA+). His last full, healthy season was 2012, when he went 8-4 with a 3.81 ERA (107 ERA+) for the Marlins.

The Padres signed Johnson to a one-year contract worth $8 million. If he makes fewer than seven starts this season, the team gets a $4 million club option for 2015.

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