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Brian Johnson | Starting Pitcher | #61

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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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Rob Bradford of writes that it "sounds like" Brian Johnson is moving to the bullpen.
Johnson functioned as rotation insurance this past season, posting a 3.09 ERA over 17 starts in Triple-A and a 4.33 ERA over five starts in the majors, but he also missed some time with shoulder issues. He'll be out of options next spring, so the Red Sox could keep him around in a swingman role. Mon, Nov 13, 2017 04:54:00 PM

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Brian Johnson was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with left shoulder inflammation.

There was talk of Johnson replacing David Price (elbow) in the Red Sox's starting rotation, but that's obviously off the table now. Johnson has battled recurring shoulder issues for the last two months. With Johnson unavailable, it looks like Doug Fister will slot back into the Red Sox's rotation. Fister hasn't won a game since joining the Red Sox last month.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 06:44:00 PM

Brian Johnson is in Boston to have his left shoulder examined due to renewed discomfort.

He dealt with shoulder issues last month, as well. The Red Sox don't think the ailment is serious, but Johnson taking David Price's (elbow) spot in the rotation next week would certainly appear to be up in the air now.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 02:18:00 PM

Evan Drellich of CSNNE reports that Brian Johnson is expected to join the Red Sox' rotation in place of David Price (elbow).

The club will move their four healthy starters up a day to replace Price for now, but Johnson will be needed next week. The left-hander has posted a 4.33 ERA and 21/8 K/BB ratio over 27 innings across five starts for the Red Sox this season. Johnson could potentially receive multiple starts depending on how much time Price might miss, although if it's a long-term injury Boston figures to seek help outside the organization.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 11:26:00 AM

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

Johnson has a 4.33 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in five starts this season at the major league level. The 26-year-old southpaw will continue to function as organizational rotation depth for the Red Sox.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 02:34:00 PM

Brian Johnson yielded three runs in six innings against the Jays in his spot start Tuesday.

Johnson was needed tonight because of the doubleheader versus the Yankees over the weekend. He'll be sent down for a fresh arm Wednesday, though he'll probably be back to make more starts later.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 01:25:00 AM

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

Johnson will make a spot start Tuesday versus the Blue Jays. He's posted a 4.29 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio over 21 innings in four starts this season with the big club.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 11:10:00 PM

Brian Johnson will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Doug Fister had been slated to start that day, but he was needed in an extra-innings game over the weekend. It figures to just be a spot start for Johnson.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 04:41:00 PM

Red Sox activated LHP Brian Johnson from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket.

He missed three weeks with a shoulder impingement. Johnson had a brief stint in the rotation earlier this year but he's no longer needed with Doug Fister back in the majors and Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) nearing his return from the disabled list. He'll bide his time in Pawtucket until a spot opens up for him.
Thu, Jul 6, 2017 05:36:00 PM

Brian Johnson (shoulder) will throw off a mound on Sunday.

It will be his first mound work since landing on the disabled list earlier this work. Johnson was able to throw off flat ground on Saturday. With Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) nearing a return, Johnson will probably head back to the minors once he's activated.
Sat, Jun 24, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Red Sox placed LHP Brian Johnson on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.

Johnson suffered the injury in the third inning of his start Wednesday night against the Phillies. He was officially charged with three earned runs over 2 2/3 frames, raising his season ERA to 4.29. There is no current timetable for his return.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Brian Johnson left Wednesday's game against the Phillies due to left shoulder soreness.

Johnson was lifted in the third inning due to soreness in his throwing shoulder, with Hector Velazquez replacing him on the mound. The exact nature of this injury and how long it might keep Johnson out of action should become more clear after the 26-year-old southpaw is reevaluated on Thursday.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 08:52:00 PM

Brian Johnson left Wednesday's game against the Phillies due to an apparent injury.

Johnson was checked on by a trainer in the third inning before subsequently leaving the game. Hector Velazquez replaced him on the mound. The exact nature of Johnson's injury is currently unclear, but the Red Sox should pass along an update as the evening progresses.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 08:22:00 PM

Brian Johnson labored through a tough outing on Friday night, allowing eight hits and three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Tigers.

He walked one and struck out two. Johnson tossed a shutout in his last start for the Red Sox but wasn’t as successful on Friday night. He would have been on the hook for a loss if not for a furious eighth-inning comeback led by Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. Johnson served up a pair of homers, though luckily both were of the solo variety. The light-throwing left-hander figures to stick around for a while with Eduardo Rodriguez on the disabled list. His next outing will come Wednesday at Philadelphia.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 01:18:00 AM

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

Johnson will start Friday's game versus the Tigers, as he's over his hamstring injury that he suffered in his last start for Pawtucket. The lefty could be around for a while with Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) on the shelf.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 04:35:00 PM

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3Brock Holt
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SS1Xander Bogaerts
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S1Chris Sale
2David Price
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4Drew Pomeranz
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Steven Wright
7Brian Johnson
8Roenis Elias
9Hector Velazquez
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5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
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8Robby Scott
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