Josh Johnson throws first simulated game since Tommy John surgery

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Padres right-hander Josh Johnson took the mound Tuesday for his first simulated game since undergoing a second Tommy John elbow surgery–one year and three days earlier

Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Johnson threw two 20-pitch innings against live hitters, using fastballs and off-speed pitches.

Reviews of the performance were all positive, but Johnson still has a lot of hurdles to get over before he’s an option to rejoin the Padres’ rotation. Or more accurately join the Padres’ rotation, since he was shut down before ever throwing a regular season pitch for San Diego last year.

Last season Johnson got $8 million upfront, but this time around he re-signed for $1 million in guaranteed money and a bunch of incentives.