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Brian Johnson | Relief 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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Monday's Patriots' Day game between the Orioles and Red Sox has been postponed due to inclement weather in the forecast.
It'll be made up on May 17, which is a mutual off-day for the two clubs. It's the first time that a Patriots' Day game has been postponed in Boston since 1984. Brian Johnson had been scheduled to pitch in that game in place of David Price, but he'll probably just have his turn in the rotation skipped now. Apr 15 - 5:07 PM

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Brian Johnson will start Monday against the Orioles.

He's filling in for David Price, who is getting an extra day of rest after leaving his last start with hand numbness. Johnson made a start earlier this year, allowing one run in six innings against the Marlins on April 2. With Price expected to be fine and Drew Pomeranz (elbow) close to returning, Johnson will likely head back to the bullpen after Monday's start.
Apr 12 - 11:47 PM

Brian Johnson pitched six innings of one-run ball as the Red Sox topped the Marlins 7-3 on Monday.

After one turn through the five-man rotation, the Red Sox still haven't had a starting pitcher give up more than one run. Johnson struck out five tonight. The only damage against him came on Brian Anderson's second-inning homer. It's uncertain how long Johnson will remain in the rotation with both Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez possibilities to return within the next couple of weeks.
Apr 2 - 10:48 PM

Brian Johnson pitched 4 2/3 innings and struck out five in Boston's 5-0 shutout of the Yankees on Friday.

Johnson has been competing all spring for a rotation spot that could be gone by the second week of April, what with Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez both seemingly making steady progress. Fortunately for Johnson, he's out of options, which should keep him on the roster even if he is knocked from the rotation sometime soon. Johnson has a 1.73 ERA and a 13/3 K/Bb ratio in 15 2/3 innings.
Mar 23 - 5:20 PM

Brian Johnson worked four shutout innings Sunday in a Grapefruit League start versus the Pirates.

Johnson gave up just two hits and a walk while fanning two. The 27-year-old left-hander has pitched well for the most part this spring and appears locked into a spot in the Red Sox rotation, though he probably won't miss enough bats to carry mixed-league fantasy relevance.
Mar 18 - 2:56 PM

Brian Johnson pitched three innings and gave up three runs Thursday against the Rays.

All of the runs came before Johnson even recorded an out; the first four batters of the game went double, RBI single, walk and two-run double. After that, Johnson faced the minimum and even struck out the side in the second inning. He's the favorite to open up as the Red Sox's fifth starter right now.
Mar 8 - 4:59 PM

Brian Johnson breezed through two scoreless innings in his start versus the Yankees on Saturday.

He allowed a couple of base hits but required only nine pitches to get six outs. He did not register a strikeout or a walk. Johnson is competing with Roenis Elias and Hector Velazquez for the final rotation slot to begin the season but is likely to spend most of the campaign in the bullpen. He turned in a 4.33 ERA in five starts for the Red Sox last year as a rookie. He is out of minor league options.
Mar 3 - 5:28 PM

With Steven Wright (knee) slated to begin the season on the disabled list, Brian Johnson, Roenis Elias and Hector Velazquez are slated to compete for the fifth spot in the Red Sox' rotation.

Johnson would seem to be an early favorite for the job since he was going to make the team regardless because he's out of options, although he could be used in long relief if he's out-pitched by Elias or Velazquez. Both Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) should return relatively early on in the season, so whoever wins the No. 5 gig could just be keeping a seat warm.
Feb 25 - 10:36 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Christian Vazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1J.D. Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Eduardo Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
7Austin Maddox
8Hector Velazquez
9Brian Johnson
10Steven Wright