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Padres P Johnson headed for TJ surgery

<p>San Diego Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after a recent exam revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.</p>

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - San Diego Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after a recent exam revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Johnson will meet with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. to have the procedure for the second time in his career. Andrews also performed the previous operation, which took place when Johnson was with the Marlins in 2007.

Signed to a one-year, $8 million contract by the Padres over the winter, Johnson's 2014 campaign ends without having thrown a regular-season pitch with his new team. He was placed on the disabled list during spring training after developing a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

Johnson also spent two stints on the DL with elbow problems while with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, with the injuries contributing to the two-time All-Star's 2-8 record and subpar 6.20 ERA over 16 starts.

The 30-year-old had once been one of the National League's best pitchers during his tenure with the Marlins, posting a 15-5 record with 191 strikeouts in 2009 and leading the NL with a 2.30 ERA the following season.

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