Right-hander Josh Johnson will undergo the third Tommy John surgery of his career and bring an abrupt end to his bid to make a comeback from another reconstructive elbow surgery.
Johnson, who has yet to pitch in a major league game for the San Diego Padres this season, hopes to undergo the surgery soon, likely sometime in the next two weeks.
The 32-year-old was attempting to join the Padres for the first time since his second Tommy John surgery but suffered a setback in his recovery after pitching one inning for Single-A Lake Elsinore last week.
Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson's right elbow in 2007. Johnson then had Tommy John surgery on the same elbow in the 2013 offseason after straining it during spring training, after which he missed the 2014 season.
Johnson's agent, Matt Sosnick, said that his client is "committed to giving it one more shot" and that he knew he had a torn ligament in his right elbow 10 weeks ago.
"The Padres' upper management and their medical staff have been very supportive, and they told him he could try to pitch through it,'' Sosnick said.
The agent said Johnson is looking at all medical options, including "cutting edge'' procedures beyond the standard Tommy John surgery. Johnson made back-to-back All-Star teams with the Marlins in 2009 and 2010, but has enjoyed only one injury-free season over the past five years.
The story was first reported by CBS Sports.
Johnson signed a one-year deal with San Diego in 2014 as a free agent after a rough season with Toronto. He made $8 million in 2014 and was brought back for $1 million this season.
Johnson is not the first pitcher to undergo three Tommy John surgeries -- Jason Isringhausen, Jonny Venters and Jose Rijo have also reached that unfortunate milestone, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Isringhausen was able to return to the majors after his third surgery, and Venters is attempting a comeback with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Johnson was an All-Star with Miami in 2009 and 2010, when he led the NL with a 2.30 ERA. He was slowed by triceps and forearm injuries in 2013 while with Toronto.
He has a career record of 58-45 with a 3.40 ERA.
Information from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and The Associated Press contributed to this report.