MLB notes: Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson under the knife

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson walks off the field after being removed from the...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson walks off the field after being removed from the game in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California August 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Alex Gallardo)

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After a disappointing, injury-plagued season, Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson underwent right elbow surgery Tuesday.

The arthroscopic procedure, performed by Dr. James Andrews, cleared out loose bodies and a bone spur, the Blue Jays announced in a press release. Johnson could resume throwing in five weeks, meaning he should be back at full strength for spring training, according to MLB.com.

The question is what uniform he will be wearing next spring.

Johnson, 29, will be a free agent this winter, and the Blue Jays might not bring him back after he struggled in his lone season north of the border.

His stats this season -– 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA and 83 strikeouts -– were a far cry from Johnson's production in eight seasons with the Marlins, when he went a combined 56-37 with a 3.15 ERA in 154 games (144 starts).

Johnson made $13.75 million this year. To retain him, the Jays would need to make a qualifying offer of approximately $14 million, which might be more than the team is willing to spend for a pitcher coming off a down year and elbow woes.

RANGERS KEEPING WASHINGTON?

Ron Washington will return as the Texas Rangers' manager in 2014, according to CBSSports.com.

Washington's job status was brought into question following the Rangers' second consecutive disappointing end to a season.

Texas lost the American League West title on the final day of the 2012 season and lost a tiebreaking game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday to miss out on the 2013 postseason.

Washington, 61, is 611-524 (.538) with two AL West titles and two AL pennants in seven seasons as the Rangers' manager.

"We have to make adjustments, and we'll do that during the winter," Washington said after Monday night's loss. "I still think we have a chance to contend for the division. I think everybody in that clubhouse feels that way."

ROYALS EXTEND YOST

The Kansas City Royals signed manager Ned Yost to a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season.

Yost, 59, is 284-329 (.463) in four seasons with the Royals, with the team winning more games in each season, including an 86-76 record in 2013 -- the franchise's best record since 1989.

"Ned's done a terrific job and I definitely want him back," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said last week.

The Royals came out white hot after the all-star break and slowly climbed back into the race, but then they dropped 10 of 12 games in August, including seven straight home games. That slide put their record at 64-64 on Aug. 24. They finished strong, but not strong enough to end a 28-year playoff drought, the longest active streak in the majors.

YANKS WANT GIRARDI

New York Yankees general manger Brian Cashman wants Joe Girardi to return as the team's manager next season.

Cashman, in his end-of-season press conference Tuesday, made it clear he wants Girardi back.

"We have an interest in clearly trying to keep him," Cashman said. "I think he likes it here. We're going to give him a real good reason to stay."

Girardi was hired after the 2007 season, and his contract expires at the end of October. Injuries hurt the Yankees this season, and the Yankees had their poorest record since 1992, finishing tied for third in the AL East at 85-77.

Girardi, 48, has already said he wants to return to the team next year. He also said he needs to talk to his family before making any final decisions.

ALDS STARTERS NAMED

Right-hander Max Scherzer will take the mound for the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics, who will start Bartolo Colon.

Scherzer was 21-3 during the regular season. Colon, 40, will make his first postseason appearance since 2005 with the Angels.

The remainder of the Tigers' four-man rotation for the series is Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister.

A's manager Bob Melvin will go with rookie Sonny Gray in Game 2.

Game 1 is scheduled for 9:30 ET on Friday.

BRIEFLY: Right-hander Lance Lynn, who won his final two starts of the regular season, has been named the St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher for Game 2 of the National League Division Series.


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