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Josh Johnson to undergo second Tommy John surgery

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Josh Johnson will not pitch for the Padres in 2014.
Josh Johnson will not pitch for the Padres in 2014. (USATSI)

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Padres right-hander Josh Johnson will undergo his second Tommy John surgery on Thursday, the team announced. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure.

Johnson, 30, has not pitched this year due to a strained flexor muscle suffered in spring training. Forearm strains are a common symptom of an elbow problem. Johnson had his first Tommy John surgery back in 2007 and he had a bone spur removed from his elbow this offseason.

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+) and 1.66 WHIP. He did manage to throw 191 1/3 innings with the Marlins in 2012 (107 ERA+), but was limited to only 60 1/3 innings in 2011.

The Padres signed Johnson to a one-year, $8 million contract this offseason. Because he will make fewer than seven starts in 2014, the team gets a $4 million club option for 2015.

Johnson joins Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Jarrod Parker and teammate Cory Luebke as players who needed a second Tommy John surgery in 2014.

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