Don’t Do That To Us Johnson
April 11, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) takes the ball to relieve starting pitcher Josh Johnson (55) in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsJosh Johnson has right triceps tightness. He’s going to miss tonight’s start and be replaced by Aaron Laffey.
Johnson injury isn’t thought to be serious enough to miss his next start so hopefully he’s only missing tonight’s game. Or better yet his injury could be so mild he can make his next start and not have any problems the rest of the season.
Whatever you do Josh Johnson please don’t go on the DL for an extended period of time. Don’t go on the DL at all.
The Toronto Blue Jays have already had a rough start to their season.
The last thing they need is to lose one of their aces for an extended period of time. Actually the last thing they need is to have scrubs like Aaron Laffey or whoever else they pick up from the minors or waiver wire making starts.
With the Blue Jays struggling to score runs they don’t need starting pitchers making starts that are bound to give up more runs than Josh Johnson (duh).
It’s especially disheartening because of the way last season played out where every starting pitcher was a scrub. Even Ricky Romero was terrible. Brandon Morrow was the only one worth watching.
Obviously if Josh Johnson is the only starter that’s injured we won’t get a total repeat of the garbage show from last year. But even one less than adequate starting pitcher in the rotation is annoying, especially for a team trying to contend that’s already behind. It could costs the Jays enough games that it would be hard to overcome in a tight AL East division.
If Johnson injury turns out to be serious it wouldn’t exactly be easy to trade for another starting pitcher in May either. The only teams that would be interested are teams that already don’t have a chance in 2013. Those teams usually don’t have good starting pitchers to trade anyways because if they did why in the world would they be giving up on the season in May?
The Blue Jays traded for Josh Johnson to get rid of their starting pitching problems. If he stays injured he’s just going to re-create those problems. Don’t do that to us Johnson.