Josh Johnson SP SD 3 Days

Johnson is slated to throw to on flat ground next week and could throw a bullpen session within the next couple of weeks, The San Diego Union-Trubunereports.

Johnson is scheduled to long-toss this week and will throw to a catcher on flat ground next week. This is a good sign for Johnson, who is trying to make a comeback after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery last April. At this rate, it looks as though Johnson could be up with the major league club in early June.

Josh Johnson SP SD 8 Days

Johnson (elbow) could throw a bullpen session as early as next week, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Johnson will likely continue to be dealt with conservatively, as the report notes that it wouldn't be surprising if the session was pushed back another week. The Padres are anticipating a return in either May or June for the right-hander, who continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery last April. A wait-and-see approach continues to be the optimal strategy for Johnson in most formats.

Josh Johnson SP SD 18 Days

The Padres are projecting a possible May or June return for Johnson (elbow) in 2015, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports.He won't be pushed aggressively, as the Padres have plenty of pitching depth, and it is not abundantly clear that Johnson represents a major upgrade over any of the pitchers who will start the season in San Diego's rotation. After undergoing Tommy John surgery last April, there is not enough upside here to justify stashing Johnson in most mixed leagues, but he's definitely someone to put on watch lists.

Josh Johnson SP SD 1 Month

Johnson (elbow) started a throwing program in October and expects to return midseason, MLB.com reports.

Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery toward the end of last April, so the earliest return date given the usual timetable would likely be around the start of May. He did sign a one-year deal with the Padres in December, so clearly the team expects that he could be productive this season. In his last full season in 2012, Johnson posted a 3.81 ERA with 165 strikeouts in 191.1 innings.

Josh Johnson SP SD 3 Months

Johnson (elbow) agreed to a one-year deal worth "closer to $1 million" Thursday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Johnson's contract will reportedly also include incentives that could make the contract worth between $7 and $8 million. He is coming off Tommy John surgery in April, but could be available for the start of the 2014 season. It's no surprise that Johnson's deal is heavily incentivized given his past injuries, but the deal could allow him to make a good chunk of change if he remains healthy. The deal could also give the Padres another good arm in the starting rotation if Johnson can return to his 2012 form with the Marlins. In that season, he posted a 3.81 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 165 strikeouts over 191.1 innings.

Josh Johnson SP SD 4 Months

Johnson's contract option was declined by the Padres on Thursday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Johnson spent most of the 2014 season on the disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late April. The Padres and Johnson are still reportedly negotiating another contract, but he may sign with other teams as well when the free agency period begins Nov. 4.

Josh Johnson SP SD 5 Months

Johnson (elbow) played catch last Thursday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April, MLB.com reports.

Johnson, who was sidelined after throwing just 13 pitches in spring training, cleared the first major hurdle on his long road back from reconstructive elbow surgery last week, playing catch near his home in Las Vegas. He will continue to ramp up his throwing program on into November, and while there is plenty of uncertainty regarding Johnson's future, the prevailing thought is that the Padres would like to have him back next season. However, that does not necessarily mean the team will pick up his $4 million club option for 2015.

Josh Johnson SP SD 10 Months

Padres transferred RHP Josh Johnson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster. Johnson had successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

Josh Johnson SP SD 11 Months

Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday.

It's the second Tommy John surgery of Johnson's career, and he can now be ruled out through at least the first month of the 2015 season. He earned National League Cy Young Award votes in 2010 after posting a 2.30 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 183 2/3 innings for the Marlins, but chronic arm injuries have since derailed the talented right-hander. The Padres have a $4 million option on him for next year.

Josh Johnson SP SD 11 Months

Josh Johnson (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

A decision will be made on Wednesday or Thursday regarding Johnson's future status. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported last week that the right-hander could need Tommy John surgery. If that's the route he winds up taking, Johnson likely will never throw a pitch for the Padres. The club has a $4 million option on Johnson for 2015 if he starts fewer than seven games this season.