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Padres RHP Johnson to get elbow examined

SAN DIEGO (AP) Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will have his right elbow examined by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews next week.

The right-hander is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. The Padres fear his initial injury may be worse than originally diagnosed.

San Diego manager Bud Black said Johnson will meet with Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"He's had some discomfort in that elbow juncture," Black said Thursday. "They are going to look at the entire elbow."

Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson's same elbow in 2007.

Johnson signed a one-year deal in the offseason as a free agent after a rough season with Toronto. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month.

Johnson had surgery on his right elbow in the offseason to remove bone spurs. The 30-year-old was a two-time All-Star with the Marlins.

Padres third baseman Chase Headley was out of the lineup Thursday night against Colorado for the second straight game because of a strained right biceps.

Black said Headley might've been available, but wanted to give him another full day off.

Black said he doesn't think Headley's injury will result in a trip to the DL. Black also doesn't believe the injury was related to Headley's strained right calf in spring training.

Updated April 17, 2014

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