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Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL on April 21 after experiencing pain in his right bicep. There were initial concerns that the injury may have been related to damage in his elbow tendons, but MRIs reveal no such issues. Even so, the pain has kept Johnson from throwing longer than expected and he will require several rehab starts before returning to the big league club. He is expected to go three innings in this first outing and build from there.
Johnson struggled to start the season, with a 6.86 ERA in 19 2/3 innings over his first four starts and an uncharacteristically high walk rate of 4.1 BB/9. Johnson is in his first season with the Blue Jays following the blockbuster deal with the Marlins that brought him to
The Blue Jays are currently last in the AL East with a record of 17-26. If there is any hope for a turnaround this season, it will certain require a healthy return from Johnson. In his career he has a 3.23 ERA over 148 starts and the Blue Jays need him to be that player once again.