Jim Johnson provided an update on his shoulder ailment on Friday, saying that he likely won’t get back on the mound for another week. The reliever met with orthopedist Andrew Cosgarea Friday and said his injury may not be as bad as it seemed at first blush.
“They think it’s more tendonitis than impingement, so that’s good news,” he said. “I’m just going to play catch for a couple of days and continue to get treatment.”
Johnson, who hasn’t pitched in a game since March 11, said he still thinks he should be able to start the season on time despite the injury. Last year, the right-hander missed the final month of the season with a case of impingement in his throwing shoulder.
“I was ready to start the season. I came in in shape,” he said. “I just needed to see some hitters when I got here. I was ready to go and in my last outing, I just had a little bump with the shoulder thing. I can still get one, two or three outings in.”
“I would expect he’d be back in there soon,” added manager Dave Trembley regarding Johnson, one of his key relievers. “I don’t anticipate him not being with us.”