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Brian Johnson | Starting Pitcher | #61

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Florida
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (31) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox recalled LHP Brian Johnson from Triple-A Pawtucket.
He's making a spot start for the Red Sox on Saturday against the Mariners. He struggled in a similar spot against the Blue Jays last month, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings. He isn't a recommended streaming option. May 27 - 10:42 AM

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Brian Johnson will start Saturday against the Mariners.

Injuries have forced the Red Sox to mix and match in the starting rotation, though Johnson should be one-and-done with David Price (elbow) set to come off the disabled list next week. Johnson scattered seven hits, four runs and three walks over five innings in a spot start against the Blue Jays last month. It will be hard to trust him for streaming purposes.
May 25 - 11:27 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Brian Johnson is a "strong candidate" to start Saturday against the Mariners.

Johnson struggled in his one start this season at the major league level, but the 26-year-old left-hander owns a decent 2.82 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 37/17 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings (seven starts) this season with Triple-A Pawtucket. He's been in the minors since April 19.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 23 - 4:43 PM

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

Johnson allowed four runs over five innings Tuesday in a spot start against the Blue Jays. Eduardo Rodriguez has been activated from paternity leave in a corresponding roster move.
Apr 19 - 1:53 PM

Brian Johnson wasn’t great but picked up his first major league victory Tuesday, allowing four runs over five frames in an 8-7 win.

Johnson punched out six batters, but he permitted seven hits – including a pair of home runs – while also walking three in his five innings of work. The left-hander sat around 87-88 mph on the night and needed 97 pitches to cover his five frames. Johnson is headed back to the minors, as he was making a spot start with Eduardo Rodriguez on paternity leave.
Apr 18 - 11:36 PM

Red Sox recalled LHP Brian Johnson from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Johnson will make a spot-start Tuesday against the Blue Jays with Eduardo Rodriguez on the paternity list. The 26-year-old was excellent over his first two starts in Triple-A this season, posting a 1.69 ERA and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings. He's not a fantasy option, though.
Apr 18 - 11:26 AM

The Red Sox are likely to call up Brian Johnson to start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

He's expected to get the call with Eduardo Rodriguez on the paternity leave list. Johnson, who missed a big chunk of last season while battling anxiety and depression, has a 1.69 ERA and 15/4 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings through his first two starts with Triple-A Pawtucket this season. Assuming he gets the call, it will be his second career appearance in the majors.
Apr 17 - 9:59 AM

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

Johnson allowed seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits and six walks over 6 2/3 innings this spring. The 26-year-old will function as rotation depth in Triple-A.
Mar 14 - 9:35 AM

Brian Johnson took a loss to the Cardinals after giving up three runs in 2 2/3 innings on Monday.

The Red Sox are hoping Johnson can pitching his way back on to their depth chart this year after dealing with elbow issues in 2015 and anxiety and depression last season. He's not a high-ceiling guy, but he could be a nice No. 5 if his stuff comes all of the way back.
Feb 27 - 5:15 PM

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.
Source: Boston Globe
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 08:53:00 AM

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.
Sat, May 21, 2016 04:44:00 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.
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 09:10:00 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.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 03:33:00 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.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 04:17:00 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.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 03:37:00 PM

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