Josh Johnson to see Dr. James Andrews about troublesome elbow

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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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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