Josh Johnson has strained flexor muscle, will open 2014 on DL

Josh Johnson will open the season on the DL with another arm injury.
Josh Johnson will open the season on the DL with another arm injury. (USATSI)

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Padres right-hander Josh Johnson has a strained flexor muscle and will open the season on the DL, manager Bud Black told reporters. The best case scenario is a return within 4-5 weeks.

Johnson, 30, had surgery in October to clean a bone spur out of his elbow. He also missed more than three months with a forearm strain and triceps inflammation last season. Johnson's list of arm injuries is pretty long, and it includes Tommy John surgery (2007) and a serious shoulder strain (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+) 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.

With Johnson out, left-hander Robbie Erlin figures to join Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Eric Stults in the San Diego rotation.

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

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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