PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The San Diego Padres have opened spring training with a new pitcher hoping to rebound from an ugly season.
The Padres signed free-agent Josh Johnson to a one-year, $8 million deal in the offseason in hopes he can return to the form that included two All-Star selections and a National League-best 2.30 ERA with the Marlins in 2010.
Last season was miserable. Johnson went 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA with Toronto amid elbow problems.
Healthy now, Johnson is confident his woes are behind him. He threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session Friday without problems as the Padres held their first workout for pitchers and catchers.
Position players report Tuesday. The exhibition opener is Feb. 27 against Seattle.