With Barry Zito, we get some good news about an old pitcher who has had some rough times. With Josh Johnson nothing but more rough times. Jon Heyman reports that the Padres’ pitcher is going to undergo his third Tommy John surgery.
Johnson has has had numerous setbacks during his rehab from his second Tommy John surgery and apparently his ligament snapped again. Heyman says that the right-hander plans to go through the rehab process again and attempt a return rather than hang it up. Which, being honest, I think most pitchers would do. The list of guys who have come back from three Tommy John surgeries is . . . nonexistent.
Johnson, 31, has made just one rehab start and zero actual starts in the majors over the last two seasons due to his injuries. Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be hurlers.