Josh Johnson hasn’t pitched since mid-May and could end up missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury that continues to be described as merely inflammation, and yesterday the Marlins ace explained that he’s now just looking for “peace of mind for the offseason.”
Johnson told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’d be happy enough simply seeing some game action against minor leaguers, which certainly doesn’t make it sound like he’s holding out much hope for a return to the majors before 2012.
He was initially expected to miss just 2-3 weeks, but two months later Dr. James Andrews advised him to shut things down completely and Frisaro writes that “Johnson believes the time he took off to recover wasn’t enough in order to strengthen his shoulder.”
He’s back on a throwing program and hopes to stretch out to 90 feet tomorrow, but Johnson noted that “I want to get healthy whether it’s the end of this year or next year, whatever it is.”
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.