Pitching Notes: Johnson, Wieland, Hanson

The Padres will shut starting pitcher Josh Johnson down for 10 days to two weeks with a strained flexor, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweets. Johnson will be out for at least four weeks. It must be a frustrating injury for Johnson, who only started 16 games last season. While the injury doesn't appear to threaten a huge portion of the season, the Padres can feel grateful for an option they built into Johnson's contract — if Johnson starts fewer than seven games this season, the Padres get a $4MM option on his services for 2015. Here are more notes on pitchers.

  • Another Padres pitcher, Joe Wieland, will have minor surgery to address irritation in his elbow, tweets MLB.com's Corey Brock. He is expected to be back by the All-Star Break. Wieland spent last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
  • The Rangers are facing a decision on Tommy Hanson, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes. Hanson has a split contract that calls for him to receive $2MM guaranteed in the Majors and less than that in the minors. If the Rangers don't option him by Wednesday, they'll be on the hook for the entire $2MM, but if they do option him, he can opt out and become a free agent. The Rangers are trying to figure out what to do in their rotation after Yu Darvish, Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers.


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13 Comments on "Pitching Notes: Johnson, Wieland, Hanson"


johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

Schepper’s with virtually no starting experience as a pro may be tough getting him built up with a pitch count also. Texas is probably going to have to carry 7 relievers and then possibly shuttle 1-2 back and forth to AAA if the #4-5 have innings issues.

dwarfstar
1 year 5 months ago

Do not know of a team that does not carry 7 relievers, should be no need to shuttle anyone back and forth, because the 5th starter will not even be prevalent until end of 2nd week or start of 3rd, because of off days. The #4 stater will probably be Ross and #5 will probably be Saunders with Hanson as the long man

Seamaholic
1 year 5 months ago

Padres are cursed at the moment. Although an injury to Josh Johnson should never be considered bad luck — or luck of any kind, really.

Christopher Rioux
1 year 5 months ago

The guy most likely to hit the DL this year is hitting the DL. You’re absolutely correct — zero luck involved with that.

BK
1 year 5 months ago

Please put Hanson in your rotation.
– An Angels Fan

Danny Phillips
1 year 5 months ago

Regardless of Texas’ offense. Their rotation is not championship caliber.

Dark Reins
1 year 5 months ago

I don’t really think the offense is championship caliber either. They only have two real power bats and the last half of the lineup has each hitter averaging an OPS of less than .750.

Nick Barr
1 year 5 months ago

If they can tread water it will be come the All-Star break. Darvish, Holland, Harrison, Perez is a top 4 I would take any day. If Lewis can come back strong they will be tough to beat.

PadresFan619
1 year 5 months ago

HOW have the Strength and Conditioning coaches not been fired yet?!?

As a Padres fan, three years of numerous pitchers having serious injuries is simply unacceptable.

Danny Phillips
1 year 5 months ago

Josh Johnson getting injured is inevitable. No fault of the Friars.

PadresFan619
1 year 5 months ago

He’s pretty brittle, I realise that. But all those other pitchers? Come on.

Calling it a “curse” just lets people off the hook.

Aron
1 year 5 months ago

A bunch of the Jays fringe 5th starters are better than Hanson. Maybe a deal could be done with a Happ or Redmond, RP and prospect to get Odor. I know it seems like a huge lowball but depending on the prospect it may not be. And the biggest factor in a trade is that Odor is going to be blocked for a long time.

Ryan Stall
1 year 5 months ago

I guess this means Erlin or Smith will get a shot at making the rotation.