The Toronto Blue Jays made a splash this offseason in acquiring a lot of big-name talent. Among those players was right-handed starter Josh Johnson, who now heads to the disabled list with right triceps inflammation, as reported by the Blue Jays’ official Twitter account:
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.@BlueJays have placed RHP JOSH JOHNSON on DL with right triceps inflammation. RHP BRAD LINCOLN has been recalled from @BuffaloBisons (AAA)2013-5-2 17:42:52
UPDATE: Saturday, June 1, at 8:10 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Josh Johnson is likely to be activated from the DL on Wednesday, according to a report from CBS Sports' Scott Miller.
Johnson made his third injury-rehabilitation start for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday night and was clobbered, but the Jays at this point are more interested in his physical state of being than his line score.
The pitcher told them on Friday that he felt no negative day-after effects, and manager John Gibbons proclaimed him “good to go.”
Toronto (10-18) has struggled to meet lofty expectations this season, and Johnson hasn’t done much to help the cause. The Blue Jays starter has posted a 6.86 ERA in four starts with the team this season, recording just one decision (a loss) in that span.
Brad Lincoln will fill Johnson’s spot on the roster after being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. The 27-year-old saw relief action in two games with the Blue Jays earlier this season, allowing two earned runs in two innings of work.
Johnson was part of the multi-player deal that also included Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio, for which the Blue Jays surrendered very little big-league talent to the Miami Marlins. With that deal, Toronto hoped to produce a roster that would contend for the AL East title from start to finish.
Things haven’t gone according to plan, however.
Despite an infusion of new talent with an already strong roster, the Blue Jays have hit just .228 as a team and sit No. 28 in the league in team ERA (4.72). In addition, only the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins have a worse run differential than Toronto’s -42 mark.
The Blue Jays are 9.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox and can’t afford to lose key contributors for extended periods if they are to get back on track in the AL East race.