The Blue Jays had hoped to see Johnson throw this month before making a decision on whether to extend the right-hander a qualifying offer, and while a bullpen session is out of the question post-surgery, Sosnick said that “any way that we could facilitate Toronto being able to answer their own questions, we will.”
“Josh now understands where the pain was coming from and realizes it was something fixable,” Sosnick added during an interview. “He would never make it out that injuries affected his performance, he takes full responsibility for his stats, good or bad. But it gives him a tremendous amount of confidence to know that the bone spurs were leading to him over-striding and all this other stuff where he was trying to move away from the pain. He has a lot of confidence moving forward.”
.@BlueJays RHP JOSH JOHNSON underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies and a bone spur in his right elbow by Dr. James Andrews.
Johnson struggled through the worst season of his big-league career in 2013, posting a 6.20 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 30 walks over 81.1 innings. He made just 16 starts but had thrown at least 183.2 innings in three of his previous four seasons. His home run per nine innings rate of 1.7 was more than double his previous career high of 0.8 in his rookie season.
The Blue Jays haven’t publicly ruled out the possibility of making the 29-year-old a qualifying offer, but GM Alex Anthopoulos on Sunday said the team needed to do a better job of managing health risks in the players they acquire.
Qualifying offers are based on the average of the 125 top player salaries, a figure expected to come in at roughly $14 million.
The surgery went well and Josh is expected to be ready for Spring Training, 2014.