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Brian Johnson | Starting Pitcher | #61

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Florida
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (31) / BOS
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Brian Johnson (anxiety) has posted a 1.50 ERA across four rehab starts.
Johnson was placed on the temporary inactive list at Triple-A Pawtucket back in May after alerting the Red Sox that he had been experiencing anxiety issues. He's now back on track mentally and physically, having dominated in two starts in the Gulf Coast League and two with Low-A Lowell. The left-hander should be able to return to Pawtucket before the end of July. Jul 20 - 8:53 AM
Source: Boston Globe

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Brian Johnson (anxiety) has been placed on the temporary inactive list for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Johnson is getting treatment for anxiety. He'll continue to participate in "non-game baseball activities" at the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers. Johnson allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in his major league debut against Houston last year. He missed the last two months of 2015 with an elbow injury.
Source: redsox.com
May 21 - 4:44 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Brian Johnson to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Johnson had an opportunity to stake a claim on Eduardo Rodriguez's temporarily-vacant starting rotation spot, but a mid-March toe sprain ended that dream. The young right-hander allowed nine hits and six earned runs in 4 2/3 exhibition innings before getting injured. He'll be up in Boston at some point this season.
Mar 24 - 9:10 AM

Brian Johnson (toe) will miss his next scheduled appearance.

Johnson left Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates due to a sprained toe, but X-rays came back negative. It doesn't sound serious, but Roenis Elias, Henry Owens, and Steven Wright remain the favorites to fill Eduardo Rodriguez's spot in Boston's rotation.
Mar 15 - 3:33 PM

X-rays came back negative on Brian Johnson's left big toe.

Johnson left Monday's game after four hitters due to a sprained toe. Fortunately, it's not considered serious.
Mar 14 - 4:17 PM

Brian Johnson left Monday's game against the Pirates with a sprained left big toe.

Thankfully it wasn't the elbow. Johnson yielded singles to each of the four Bucs hitters he faced on Monday. He'll probably rest for most of this week. The left-hander is ticketed for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Mar 14 - 3:37 PM

Brian Johnson left his Grapefruit League appearance Monday with a trainer.

Johnson allowed singles to each of the four batters he faced. He was plagued by a ulnar nerve issue in his right elbow last season, but it's not clear if the elbow was the reason for his early departure on Monday.
Mar 14 - 3:09 PM

Brian Johnson (elbow) said Saturday that he has begun throwing off of a mound.

Johnson believes that he's fully over the nerve issue that plagued him last season and that he will be fully healthy and ready to go for the beginning of spring training. The 25-year-old southpaw posted a 2.53 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 90/32 K/BB ratio over 96 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2015.
Jan 23 - 12:48 PM

Red Sox RHP prospect Brian Johnson was unhurt in a carjacking Friday in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Johnson and his friends were outside a convenience store when the assailant allegedly demanded the keys to the car and shot a bullet into the ground. A bullet fragment hit Johnson's friend in the right leg. Johnson made his major league debut with the Red Sox in July. He was No. 82 in Baseball America's preseason prospect rankings.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 06:16:00 PM

Brian Johnson has been diagnosed with an ulnar nerve issue in his left elbow.

The good news is that there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the ligament, and the Red Sox think he'll be fine with rest and rehab. They're going to proceed cautiously with him, however, so there would seem to be a good chance he won't make another appearance at Triple-A Pawtucket this season.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 06:33:00 PM

Brian Johnson will be placed on Triple-A Pawtucket's disabled list due to left elbow tightness.

Johnson has been mentioned as a possibility to take Joe Kelly's spot in the rotation later this week, but obviously that won't happen now. He'll be re-evaluated later Monday or Tuesday before more is known about a potential timetable.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 07:09:00 PM

Red Sox LHP prospect Brian Johnson scattered four hits and three walks over 6 1/3 scoreless frames Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Pawtucket.

He threw a season-high 100 pitches and finished with six strikeouts. The 24-year-old has been among the best pitchers in Triple-A this year. His 2.54 ERA is third-lowest in the International League. He also has the league's lowest WHIP (1.10) and the sixth-highest strikeout total (87). Johnson failed to impress in his Red Sox debut July 21 at Houston (4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 ER) but he should have plenty more chances to prove himself in the bigs.
Source: MILB.com
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 03:05:00 PM

Red Sox optioned LHP Brian Johnson to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Johnson gets the boot to clear a spot for Joe Kelly, who will rejoin the Red Sox rotation on Wednesday night in Houston. Johnson allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in his major league debut. He'll return to a strong 2.73 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 8.5 K/9 at Triple-A.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 05:41:00 PM

Brian Johnson was up and down in his MLB debut, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

Johnson demonstrated a nice curve while striking out three, but the lefty also walked four in the start. A throwing error by catcher Ryan Hanigan that allowed a run to score and another run coming in after he exited contributed to Johnson's poor line. Johnson was the team's first-round draft pick in 2012 and will surely be given a bit of an extended look given the team's veritable lack of better options. A tough start against the Tigers is on tap for Sunday.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 12:32:00 AM

Brian Johnson will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Astros in Houston.

The Red Sox have yet to announce a starter for Monday, but it's expected that Steven Wright will be recalled. Johnson was impressive over 85 2/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket, registering a 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 81/26 K/BB ratio.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 09:31:00 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Aaron Hill
3Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
2Chris Young
3Blake Swihart
4Bryce Brentz
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Michael Martinez
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Sean O'Sullivan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Joe Kelly
10Carson Smith
11Brandon Workman