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Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (elbow) played catch last Thursday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Johnson, who was sidelined after throwing just 13 pitches in spring training, cleared the first major hurdle on his long road back from reconstructive elbow surgery last week, playing catch near his home in Las Vegas. He will continue to ramp up his throwing program on into November, and while there is plenty of uncertainty regarding Johnson's future, the prevailing thought is that the Padres would like to have him back next season. However, that does not necessarily mean the team will pick up his $4 million club option for 2015.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelly (elbow) will ramp up his throwing program in early 2015, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: After missing the 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery, Kelly didn't make an appearance after May 19 as a result of a sore right elbow. Prior to the shutdown, he posted a 2.21 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 17:1 K:BB in 20.1 innings across four starts at High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio. In early August, he started playing catch, which, along with the aforementioned program, will aid in his aim to be ready for spring training next year.