Johnson, 31, suffered a setback while on a rehab assignment at Single A Lake Elsinore. He could undergo surgery as early as next week, reports Heyman.
Johnson inked a one-year deal with the Padres this off-season but has not pitched in the majors since 2013. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports Johnson is “committed to giving it one more shot.” The pitcher knew he had a torn ligament in his throwing elbow 10 weeks ago and is reportedly looking at a variety of medical options, including “cutting edge” procedures beyond Tommy John.
One notable pitcher to come back from three Tommy John surgeries is Jason Isringhausen, who retired in 2012 at age 40 after a 16-year major league career.
Johnson holds a career record of 58–45 with an ERA of 3.40 and made the All-Star team as a member of the Marlins in 2009 and 2010. He has enjoyed just one healthy season in the past five years.
The Padres are 68–78 and set to miss the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.
- Christopher Chavez