If you’ve been listening, as Josh Johnson has, to all the noise regarding his past few troubled seasons, you might get the same negative impression that Johnson himself had about his recent body of work.
Then, somebody gave him a baseball card to sign and he stopped for a moment to study the stats on the back.
“I don’t know my stats,” he said Wednesday, as the Blue Jays officially opened training camp. “My wife would know my stats better than I would.
“I looked at the back and I was like, ‘Hey, it’s not too bad.’ ”
What jumped out at him was that, in three of the past four seasons, he had pitched more than 180 innings.
“I thought it was pretty terrible until I saw that, and I was like, ‘Hey, it’s not real bad.’ But not where I want to be, (that is) go out there and throw 200-plus innings, be out there every start, that’s the main thing for me.”