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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher | #33

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Angels placed RHP Jim Johnson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back.
As with the rest of the Angels' injuries on Friday, the severity and how long Johnson may be sidelined aren't yet known. The 34-year-old hurler has done a decent job for the Angels this season, registering a 3.93 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 31/13 K/BB ratio across his 34 1/3 innings. Jun 15 - 6:51 PM

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia wouldn't commit to one closer when asked Monday following the placement of Keynan Middleton (elbow) back on the disabled list.

"We've got some guys in the back end that are going to have to get outs for us, and how they line up in a certain game right now will be dictated by how the game unfolds and some matchups and things like that," Scioscia said. "But we're confident that we're going to have arms down there that will get the outs we need." Middleton has ulnar collateral ligament damage and could be looking at a lengthy, if not season-ending, absence. Jim Johnson received the last save chance for the Halos on May 10 and converted it, walking a batter but striking out two in a scoreless inning. The 34-year-old has plenty of past closer experience, of course, which might appeal to Scioscia. Blake Parker has rebounded of late after a rough start and could also be in the mix, and Cam Bedrosian and Justin Anderson loom as possibilities.
May 14 - 8:34 PM

Angels acquired RHP Jim Johnson and international pool space from the Braves for LHP Justin Kelly.

Johnson lost his closer job this past season in Atlanta, finishing with a rough 5.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 56 2/3 innings. He'll try to revitalize his career out in Anaheim and could even get a shot at saves again if things go well. The 34-year-old right-hander is owed $4.5 million in 2018. He can become a free agent next winter. This is the first official move for new Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 02:16:00 PM

Jim Johnson (heel) has returned to action by pitching on back-to-back days.

Johnson missed nearly three weeks with Achilles tendinitis. The 34-year-old began the year in the closer role for Atlanta, but he has struggled with a 5.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 58 appearances this season.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 09:01:00 AM

Jim Johnson (heel) could be available to pitch Friday when the Braves begin their weekend series against the Mets.

Johnson didn't make the trip to Washington because of a mild case of Achilles tendinitis. He's saved 22 games this year for Atlanta, but Arodys Vizcaino appears locked in as the Braves' closer now.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 05:19:00 PM

Peter Gammons of reports that the Braves have placed Jim Johnson and R.A. Dickey on revocable trade waivers.

It's a common thing this time of year and waiver trades are sometimes difficult to pull off, but these two players could very well be moved if the right pieces fall into place. Johnson, 34, holds a 4.09 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 52/16 K/BB ratio over 44 innings this season as the Braves' closer. He is under contract for $5 million in 2018. Dickey, 42, has a 4.08 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 21 starts. He carries an $8 million club option for 2018.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 01:23:00 PM

Jim Johnson blew another save by allowing a home run in the ninth inning on Saturday versus the Phillies.

He was protecting a one-run lead and blew it by giving up a solo home run to Odubel Herrera. The Braves went on to lose the game in the 11th inning. It was Johnson's eighth blown save of the season, which leads the major leagues. He has 22 successful saves and a 6-2 record with a 4.22 ERA. He has amassed 51 strikeouts and 15 walks in 32 2/3 innings and could be on the move before Monday's deadline.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 11:14:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are "listening" to inquiries on Jim Johnson, but they're "not actively looking to move him."

Johnson is under contract for 2018 at a reasonable $4.5 million, so the Braves aren't necessarily in a rush to trade their closer, but Crasnick says of the reliever that "several teams have had scouts in to look at him." The veteran reliever hasn't had a great July, pushing his ERA for the year up to 4.10, but he boasts a nice 50/15 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings and would be a quality addition for a contender, likely as a setup man. Arodys Vizcaino is a worth stash just in case the Braves do wind up dealing Johnson.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 09:43:00 AM

Jim Johnson struck out one batter without allowing a hit to snare a save as his team won 8-5 over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

He retired the side in order to protect a three-run lead and nail down the save without any drama. Johnson now owns 21 saves and a 4.02 ERA on the season. He has 50 strikeouts and 13 walks in 40 1/3 innings and has allowed just two home runs. He has managed to blow seven saves anyway.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 12:24:00 AM

Jim Johnson converted his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Johnson struck out one batter and made it through the frame on 12 pitches. It was nice to see after he blew two out of his previous three save opportunities. The 34-year-old has made things interesting this year with a 4.12 ERA in 39 appearances, but he’s missing more bats than ever before.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 12:49:00 AM

Jim Johnson allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Nationals on Friday for his seventh blown save of the season.

Ugly. Johnson gave up four hits and a walk in the frame. He allowed the first four batters to reach against him in the frame before recording his first out. Matt Wieters tied things up with a sacrifice fly and Wilmer Difo moved the go-ahead run to third base with a single before Johnson was finally pulled from the game. Sam Freeman managed to escape with no further damage, but the Nationals went on to win the game in the 10th. Johnson’s ERA now sits at 4.23 on the year and it’s fair to wonder how long the leash is at this point. It might be an easier decision if Arodys Vizcaino was healthy right now.
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 10:57:00 PM

Jim Johnson struck out two batters without allowing any hits or runs in the ninth inning to lock down a save versus the Athletics on Saturday.

Johnson has had a few stumbles this year (five blown saves and a loss) but gets the job done on a regular basis. He has 18 saves, five wins and a 3.63 ERA on the season. He has accumulated 44 strikeouts against just nine walks in 35 2/3 innings.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 08:53:00 PM

Jim Johnson worked around a single and walk allowed in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday in San Diego for his 16th save of the season.

Johnson needed 22 pitches to make it through the frame, but he was able to strike out the side to get out of trouble. He has struck out five batters over his past two scoreless innings after a rough patch against the Giants last week. It appears he has ironed things out and is back on track.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 01:56:00 AM

Jim Johnson struck out two batters in the ninth inning while earning a save against the Brewers on Saturday.

He allowed a single to Jesus Aguilar with two outs but was able to punch out rookie Lewis Brinson to sew up the save. Johnson has endured a couple of bad outings recently but didn't have much trouble this afternoon. He has 15 saves and a 3.86 ERA on the season.
Sat, Jun 24, 2017 08:52:00 PM

Jim Johnson blew a save by serving up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on Wednesday versus the Giants.

Hunter Pence blasted a solo shot to center field with one out. The Braves ended up winning in extra innings but Johnson was charged with his fifth blown save nonetheless. He has successfully converted 13 save chances. His job as the closer is likely still safe. He has a 3.52 ERA with 34 strikeouts and seven walks in 30 2/3 innings. It was only the second longball he has allowed this year.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 02:07:00 AM

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