A team needing good news got more of the opposite on Friday morning with right-hander Josh Johnson scratched from his scheduled start against the Yankees with triceps tightness.

Left-hander Aaron Laffey, picked up on waivers from the Mets this week, will take the ball instead on Friday night.

The Blue Jays lost the opener of a four-game series 5-3, with manager John Gibbons being ejected for a second consecutive game. At nine wins and 14 losses, the team trails the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox by 6-1/2 games.

Aged 29 and in the last year of a contract, Johnson is 0-1 in four starts with a 6.86 earned-run average. The ERA is skewed by an outing in miserable weather in Detroit on April 11, when he allowed six runs in 1-1/3 innings.

Triceps tendinitis indicates elbow pain. Surgery is not normally required. Standard treatment consists of rest combined with anti-inflammatory medications, icing and physical therapy.

He's endured shoulder and elbow injuries during his eight-year career.

Johnson’s shoulder swelled in 2011 when he made only nine starts. Rather than undergo surgery, he opted for a strenuous off-season workout program and returned last season to make 31 starts, going 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA for the last-place Miami Marlins in the NL East.

Johnson had “Tommy John” ligament transplant surgery in his elbow in August of 2007, returning in 2008 to make 14 starts. In 2009 he went 15-5 with a 3.23 ERA for Miami in a career-high 209 innings. The following season, he missed the first three weeks with a strained back before recording an 11-6 record and 2.30 ERA.