Johnson eyes first BP session in Tommy John recovery

Padres righty rehabbing from second elbow surgery

Johnson eyes first BP session in Tommy John recovery

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Josh Johnson, who is less than 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery, will throw his first bullpen session Monday morning.

"It will be fun," Johnson said Friday.

Johnson threw two sets of flat-ground work Friday afternoon and will throw between 20-25 fastballs off a mound at the team's training facility at about 50-percent intensity.

His rehabilitation route and flat-ground work this spring have all gone according to plan and without a hiccup, Johnson said.

"It couldn't have gone any better," he said.

Johnson last pitched in a game on March 18 of last year in Spring Training before experiencing soreness in his elbow. Then, on April 24, Johnson had elbow reconstructive surgery -- the second time he has had the procedure. He also had Tommy John surgery in 2007.

Johnson signed with the Padres in the winter of 2013 for $8 million but his missed the entire season. The Padres declined his $4 million option after the season but brought him back on a one-year deal for $1 million, though the deal could potentially reach $7.25 million with incentives.

Johnson said he's excited to get back on a mound for the first time in a year.

"This is one of the ones you look forward to, one you circle on the calendar, even though I didn't know the date until about two weeks ago," he said. "… It's a big mark you can't wait to get to and check off."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.