After what can only be described as an injury-prone career, veteran right-hander Josh Johnson has come to realization and retired after nine seasons in Major League Baseball, according to a report from Jerry Crasick of ESPN.com.
Johnson, 32, has truly dealt with a lot throughout the course of his career, especially with his pitching arm, as he underwent three Tommy John operations on his right elbow to repair damage suffered on the mound, all of which was from his early seasons as a youngster. Johnson was in big league camp this past spring after he struck a one-year, $9 million deal with the San Diego Padres, however, due to an unfortunate injury while working his way up the minor league system, he suffered yet another injury that would put his clean slate of health back in jeopardy, forcing a third surgical operation.
Taking a look back in November, he agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants on another minor league deal as the hope was for only progression ahead, however, after investing so much time and energy into a comeback, the two-time all-star decided to call it quits. After the two sides had come to agreement, Giants GM Bobby Evans said he wasn't sure if Johnson would join the club at camp in Scottsdale based on his situation, which followed up in him saying Johnson must show he's healthy and can be effective once again.
Johnson has not pitched at the major league level since 2013 with the Toronto Blue Jays after he was dealt from the Miami Marlins in a 12-player, blockbuster deal which also included Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio. Toronto sent Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, Henderson Alvarez and others the other way in return.
Johnson was drafted by the Marlins in the fourth round of the 2002 amateur draft, made his MLB debut on September 10, 2005 after having signed with the Marlins on June 8, and played his final game as a member of the Blue Jays on August 6, 2013. Looking at his career statistics, Johnson started in a total of 160 games played, pitched in 998 innings, recorded a record of 58-45 to go alongside a record of 3.40. From all of us at HardballScoop, we wish Josh the best of luck in his future endeavours.null