Since finishing fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year vote in 2006, Josh Johnson has been something of an enigma. Above average swinging strike rates have led to a nice number of strikeouts; he has good command of all four of his pitches; he has a history of suppressing base runners; he's never been prone to the long ball (at least before his injury-plagued 2013).
Unfortunately, also since 2006 he's topped 180 innings just three times in seven seasons. Averaging just 19 starts and 118 innings in that span is certainly something any team looking at Johnson needs to consider. His injuries have been varied, but they've all kept him from pitching.
- Forearm strain (2006)
- Right bicep ulnar nerve irritation (2007)
- Tommy John surgery (2007)
- Shoulder inflammation (2010)
- Back strain (2010)
- Shoulder inflammation (2011)
- Elbow surgery for bone spurs (2013)