Josh Johnson is eligible to return from the disabled list Monday, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s not expected to be back from a triceps injury until at least June.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos laid out a recovery plan that includes Johnson starting his first minor-league rehab game on May 21, but added: “That’s not set in stone, but that’s kind of the date that we’ve had.”
Assuming that the Blue Jays want him to make at least 2-3 starts in the minors that means June 1 is probably even optimistic at this point, which is a major change from a week ago when they were hoping Johnson could avoid the disabled list altogether.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.