Laffey to Start Today in Place of Josh Johnson

Right-hander Josh Johnson will miss today’s scheduled start against the Yankees because of tightness in his right triceps muscle.

The Blue Jays described the move as precautionary, Johnson has not been placed on the 15-day disabled list.  Recently acquired (and familiar face) Aaron Laffey will come in from the bullpen to make the spot start.

Perhaps the tightness in Johnson’s right triceps can help explain some of his issues. The 29-year-old has allowed at least four runs in all but one of his April starts and pitched more than six innings just once.

Laffey was claimed off waivers from the Mets earlier this week. The lefty allowed eight runs in 10 innings this season for New York, while making a pair of starts and appearing in four games.  Last season with the Jays, Laffey threw 100.2 innings and posted a 4-6 record and 4.56 ERA.

Today started as a favourable pitching match up vs. Ivan Nova and now has tilted into the Yankees favour.  With CC Sabathia tomorrow vs. J.A. Happ and R.A. Dickey and his ailing back set to pitch on Sunday, the Jays need Laffey to step up and give them some quality innings – and we need the offence to come to life….



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