Right-handed starter Josh Johnson, once one of the most dominant power pitchers in baseball, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow for the third time in his career and miss the rest of the 2015 season and likely all of 2016.
Johnson, 32, was looking to try to get back to the big leagues for the first time since 2013 after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in 2014. While rehabbing at Single-A Lake Elsinore last week, he suffered a setback in his one inning of work.
According to the CBS Sports report, Johnson plans to have the surgery within the next week. Dr. James Andrews performed his surgery back in 2007.
Johnson has not pitched for the San Diego Padres since signing with them in 2013. He signed another one-year deal with San Diego back in January in hopes that he would return from the surgery to pitch in 2015, but that was not the case.
Johnson made a name for himself while pitching for the Miami Marlins, where he pitched for seven full seasons. Those seasons included being named to the All-Star Game twice (2009 and 2010) while compiling a 56-37 record with a 3.15 ERA in 154 games. He spent the 2013 season with the Toronto Blue Jays but struggled mightily, posting a record of 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Johnson is not the only pitcher to have undergone three Tommy John operations. Jonny Venters, Jason Isringhausen, and Jose Rijo were the other three. Isringhausen returned to majors while Venters is attempting a comeback with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Johnson has a 3.40 ERA in parts of nine MLB seasons, which would rank him 11th among active pitchers if he could stay healthy.