Prior to last night's game against the Yankees, the Padres announced that another one of their starting pitchers had landed on the disabled list. This time it was right-hander Erik Johnson, who came over to San Diego in the deal that sent James Shields to the White Sox.
An MRI exam revealed a right elbow strain for the 26-year-old pitcher. It happened during his start on Tuesday evening against the Orioles, when he was removed from the game after completing five frames. He struggled in that start, as he has in all of his appearances for the Padres since the trade. In four starts for San Diego, he went 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA and opponents batting .372 against him.
As of yesterday, the Padres were unsure of any timetable for Johnson's return, but they're hoping with more examination and study of the MRI results, they can have a better idea soon. For now they'll turn to another righty, Jose Dominguez, who was selected from Triple-A El Paso to take Johnson's roster spot.
Dominguez has some Major League experience with the Rays and Dodgers prior to 2016, but this will be his first stint with the Padres, as well as his first start since pitching for Triple-A Durham in the 2015 International League. This season he's made 27 relief appearances for the Chihuahuas, posting a 3.79 ERA through 35 2/3 innings.
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