Josh Johnson (baseball)
For other people of the same name see Joshua Johnson (disambiguation)
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|San Diego Padres|
January 31, 1984 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|September 10, 2005 for the Florida Marlins|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.40|
|Career highlights and awards|
Joshua Michael Johnson (born January 31, 1984), nicknamed "JJ", is a Canadian-American starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. He has also pitched in MLB for the Florida/Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. Johnson, who is 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) and 250 pounds (110 kg), throws right-handed and bats left-handed.
Johnson graduated from Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma in 2002, when he was Tulsa World All-Metro Player of the Year. He helped lead the Trojans to two State Championships during his high school career. Johnson was drafted by the Marlins in the fourth round of the 2002 amateur draft. The righty made his professional baseball debut soon after with the Gulf Coast Marlins, earning a 0.60 ERA over 15 innings.
As a starter with Single-A Greensboro during the 2003 season, Johnson continued to limit his opponents' offensive numbers, collecting a paltry .223 opponent batting average. And in 2004, he saw more success with Single-A Jupiter. Despite a 5–12 record, Johnson's ERA remained a solid 3.38.
His performance at the Single-A level earned Johnson a promotion to Double-A Carolina in 2005. He was named the Marlins' Minor League Pitcher of the Year  after a 12–4 record, a 3.87 ERA and a Southern League All-Star nod for Carolina.
Major League career
Florida/Miami Marlins (2005–2012)
During the 2006 season, Johnson broke onto the major league scene by going (11–5) as a starter, while tallying a 3.03 ERA in that role. After spending all of April in the Florida bullpen, Johnson emerged as a major contributor in the Marlins' young, but surprisingly successful, starting staff. He fell five innings short of capturing the National League ERA title, a category he paced for much of the season. Johnson also placed fourth in voting for the National League Rookie of the Year, an award that went to his fellow Florida teammate, shortstop Hanley Ramírez.
After having dealt with elbow problems throughout the 2007 season, Johnson had Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery on August 3, 2007. He recovered surprisingly quickly and made his return to the Major Leagues on July 10, 2008, only eleven months after having undergone surgery.
He hit his first career home run off of Milwaukee's Dave Bush on June 4, 2009.
On July 5, 2009 Johnson was selected to the National League All Star squad by the players/coaches/managers votes. Fans do not vote for the All-Star pitchers.
On January 15, 2010 Johnson agreed to a four-year contract with the Marlins worth $39 million.
On May 29, 2010, Johnson lost to the Phillies 1–0, as Roy Halladay threw a perfect game.
In July 2010, he was selected to his second consecutive All Star game, which took place in Anaheim. Johnson pitched two perfect innings in the 2010 All-Star game, notably striking out Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki. 2010 was also a record-setting year for Johnson, who gave up three runs or less in twelve consecutive starts. On the 28th of July, Johnson had started 21 games, and in those starts, only allowed more than three earned runs once, giving up only one earned run eight times and no earned runs six times.
Johnson finished the 2010 season second in the Majors in ERA (2.30), leading the National League, trailing only Félix Hernández of Seattle. He finished 11–6 with 186 strikeouts in 28 starts, his year shortened by back pain. He made his final start of the season on September 4 against Atlanta.
At the beginning of the 2011 year Johnson kept a no-hitter at least to the fifth inning four out of the first five times he took the mound. The high point being the game against the Atlanta Braves in which Johnson went into the eighth until there was a broken bat single by Braves hitter Freddie Freeman.
His 2011 year ended short as he missed the rest of the season due to a right shoulder inflammation.
In 2012, Johnson was named the Opening Day starter for the Marlins for the third straight year, although he was coming off from a shoulder inflammation injury. On April 4, 2012, Johnson pitched 6 innings against Kyle Lohse and the St.Louis Cardinals in the Marlin's first game in Marlins Park. Johnson finished his last season with Miami with an 8–14 record and an ERA of 3.81.
Toronto Blue Jays (2013)
On November 19, 2012, Johnson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Mark Buehrle, José Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio, in exchange for Jeff Mathis, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino. On February 5, 2013, manager John Gibbons named Johnson the number 4 starter for the upcoming season. Johnson made 4 starts for the Blue Jays before missing a start on April 26, due to a sore right triceps muscle. He was expected to make his next scheduled start but was instead placed on the disabled list due to inflammation. Ricky Romero was called up to take his place in the starting lineup. Johnson had one rehab start for the Class-A Dunedin Blue Jays before being moved to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons for his second rehab start on May 25. This was his debut at the Triple-A level, as he had skipped that level while in the Marlins' organization.
On May 31, the Blue Jays announced that Johnson would be activated from the disabled list and start against the San Francisco Giants on June 4. Johnson pitched 7 innings in his return from the disabled list and took the loss, allowing 2 runs (only 1 earned run), with no walks and 6 strikeouts. Johnson earned his first win as a Blue Jay on June 23 against the Baltimore Orioles, which extended the Jays' winning streak to 11 games, tying the franchise record. After earning his first win, Johnson lost 6 consecutive starts, the longest such streak of his career. During his losing streak, his ERA rose from 4.60 to a career-high 6.60. Johnson earned his second win of the season on August 6, against the Seattle Mariners. He was scratched from his scheduled next start on August 12 due to forearm tightness, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 13. Johnson finished the 2013 season on the disabled list, and posted a dismal 2–8 record, a 6.20 earned run average, and 83 strikeouts over 811⁄3 innings. On October 1, 2013, Johnson underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and will require 5 weeks of recovery.
San Diego Padres
Both of Johnson's parents are Canadian and his father spent his years growing up in Calgary, Alberta before the family relocated to the U.S. Johnson himself was born in Minneapolis a short time later in 1984.
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