Josh Johnson was supposed to help lead the Blue Jays’ big franchise turnaround this season and then strike it rich on the free agent market this winter.
But none of that stuff will wind up happening.
According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday — for the second time this year — due to lingering forearm tightness. He missed all of May with a triceps issue and has posted a brutal 6.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 16 starts this season when healthy. The last-place Jays will carry a 54-64 record into Tuesday night’s series-opener against the Red Sox.
Johnson, 29, entered the 2013 season — his contract year — with a 133 career ERA+. It’s now 124.