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Erik Johnson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/30/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.
Johnson allowed two runs over just 2 1/3 innings this spring before suffering an abdominal strain last week. He figures to begin the season on Charlotte's disabled list. Apr 3 - 8:22 AM

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Erik Johnson was diagnosed with a moderate abdominal strain.

The initial report stated that Johnson suffered an oblique strain. Either way, he's not expected to be ready for the season and will begin the year in the minors when he does.
Mar 26 - 6:04 PM

Erik Johnson has been diagnosed with an oblique strain.

Johnson suffered the injury over a week ago. White Sox manager Robin Ventura called it a "moderate" strain Wednesday, but the right-hander is doubtful to be ready for the start of the regular season. He wasn't in the mix for the Opening Day roster anyway.
Mar 25 - 5:07 PM

Erik Johnson has posted a 6.46 ERA and allowed 27 hits and 15 walks over 23 2/3 innings since being demoted to Triple-A Charlotte.

The White Sox were hopeful that Johnson could make a quick fix of things in the minors before rejoining the rotation, but obviously it hasn't worked out that way. "I don’t see the games; you see the numbers,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘You have people that are watching, and you get reports on him, but when you just see the numbers, it does make you scratch your head because you know he has talent. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen it up here, so to get that combination back where he has the confidence, the location, the ability to do it, that’s when you get that call back up."
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM

White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.

Johnson was lit up for four runs in just 1 2/3 innings Friday against the Rays, watching his ERA climb to 6.46. He'll try to make some adjustments on the farm.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 10:34:00 PM

Erik Johnson was chased after giving up four runs in just 1 2/3 innings Friday against the Rays.

Johnson simply had zero command on this night, allowing four hits and four walks while throwing just 32 out of 60 pitches for strikes. The 24-year-old now has an ugly 6.46 ERA and 15 walks through 23 2/3 innings this season. He might not be long for Chicago's rotation.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 01:09:00 AM

Erik Johnson allowed just one hit but two runs -- one earned -- over his five innings of work in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

It was one of the stranger lines you'll see, as Johnson gave up more runs than hits in the outing. That was largely due to the five free passes issued on the day. Johnson also brought in another run with a wild pitch. The win was Johnson's first of the year. He'll look for his second win Friday against the Rays.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 07:24:00 PM

Erik Johnson allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings during Tuesday's start against the Red Sox, but was handed a no-decision.

Johnson's only mistake came on a fourth-inning solo homer to Daniel Nava. Overall, Johnson allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out nine. He had shaky results in his first two starts of the season, so it was a welcome sight to see him dominate the Red Sox. Johnson will face the Rangers next.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:58:00 PM

Erik Johnson was hammered in his season opening loss to the Royals on Friday, allowing seven runs on 10 hits over just 4 2/3 innings.

The 24-year-old right-hander also walked three while striking out two. The Royals jumped on him with three runs in the first and added another three in the fifth to chase him from the game. He has a nice repertoire, but will continue to be an inconsistent fantasy option when struggling with his command. He’ll try to right the ship when he takes on the Rockies in Colorado on Wednesday.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 07:52:00 PM

Erik Johnson allowed three runs in six innings of work in Monday's start against the Mariners.

Johnson allowed four hits and walked three while striking out four. He got the quality start, which the White Sox hope he can accumulate in high number. Johnson, however, has walked seven in 17 Cactus League innings and opposing hitters have hit over .300 against him, which is somewhat concerning despite the small sample.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 06:10:00 PM

Erik Johnson struggled in his start against the Angels on Wednesday, surrendering eight runs (seven earned) before being pulled with no outs in the fifth inning.

The Angels scored in each of the five innings in which Johnson appeared. Johnson was chased after giving up a solo home run to Mike Trout and a double to Albert Pujols. Overall, Johnson allowed eight hits and walked two while striking out three.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 05:53:00 PM

Erik Johnson delivered a strong start on Sunday, allowing just one run on four hits over his four innings of work against the Athletics.

Johnson racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon while walking only one. He has already been handed a spot in the White Sox Opening Day rotation, and though he showed inconsistency during his brief audition in 2013, he posted a terrific 1.96 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and a 131/40 K/BB ratio over 142 innings between Double- and Triple-A.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 07:22:00 PM

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Sunday that Erik Johnson is "penciled in pretty firmly" into the club's rotation.

Johnson had some ups and downs in his cup of coffee with the White Sox last season, posting a 3.25 ERA but also a 1.55 WHIP over five starts. However, the 24-year-old is the team's top pitching prospect, having put up a pristine 1.96 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 24 outings between Double- and Triple-A in 2013. Johnson's ceiling isn't super high, but he could be a solid mid-rotation starter for the Pale Hose as soon as this season.
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 01:47:00 PM

Erik Johnson pitched decently in Saturday's victory over the Royals, allowing three runs on five hits over his 5 1/3 innings.

The 23-year-old rookie right-hander walked three and struck out four on the evening. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler each swatting one over the wall. Johnson fared pretty well in his five start audition with the White Sox at the end of the season, compiling a 3.25 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 18/11 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings. With his strong minor league track record and strikeout potential, Johnson could develop as a popular sleeper option in next spring's drafts.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 11:16:00 PM

Erik Johnson limited the Tigers to two runs over 6 2/3 frames in Sunday's 6-3 victory.

Johnson permitted nine hits and only recorded one strikeout, but he also didn't walk anyone and was able to limit the damage against a powerful Tigers offense. The youngster struggled in his first two major league starts, but he's allowed just the two runs over his last 12 2/3 frames. Johnson isn't a bad streaming option in deep leagues next weekend against the Royals.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 05:19:00 PM

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