Brian Johnson cemented his position as one of the Red Sox's top pitching prospects with a solid season at Triple-A Pawtucket, going 9-6 with a 2.53 ERA. He even made his major league debut with a start for the Red Sox in July, but by early August, Johnson was shut down with elbow irritation. He should be ready for opening day, though more likely than not, he will be back in Pawtucket to begin the year. Johnson could make a push for a spot in Boston's rotation during the season, so he is worth owning in dynasty leagues as well as AL-only redraft leagues.
Johnson (elbow) provided an update on his status, stating that he'll be ready for the start of spring training, MLB.com reports. "One hundred percent, good to go," Johnson said. Johnson missed the final two months of the 2015 season with elbow issues, but he's avoided any serious damage and will look to pick up where he left off. The No. 3 prospect in the Red Sox organization will begin the year at Triple-A Pawtucket, with the possibility that he could make the jump to the majors at some point in 2016, similar to the path Eduardo Rodriguez followed last season. In 96 innings at Pawtucket last season, Johnson posted a 2.53 ERA, going 9-6 over 18 starts. "Looking forward, I'm very excited. I feel great," Johnson said. "The whole rehab process was tremendous. The Red Sox did an awesome job and I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with. I'm very excited for next year to see what happens. I think the whole team is. I think everybody's ready."
Johnson (elbow) has been playing catch several days per week, having thrown out to a maximum of 90 feet, WEEI.com reports. Johnson experienced some elbow discomfort during a minor-league start and August and was eventually shut down for the regular season. An MRI revealed no structural damage and Johnson avoided a surgical intervention. He made his MLB debut last season, making one start in July for Boston, but probably is most likely headed back to Triple-A Pawtucket to start the 2016 season.
Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson is scheduled for an exam on his elbow Oct. 1, The Boston Globe reports. The left-handed Johnson has not pitched since Aug. 2. Surgery is a possibility as the Red Sox attempt to figure out what exactly is the best course of action for Johnson, who has been doing rehab work for the last month.
Red Sox manager John Farrell did not have good news for reporters Tuesday regarding starting pitcher prospect Brian Johnson, who is dealing with an irritation in the ulnar nerve area in his elbow. He is shut down indefinitely at Triple-A Pawtucket. Johnson, who last pitched Sunday for Pawtucket, is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in two starts (10 1/3 innings) since his demotion in late July.
Red Sox pitching prospect Brian Johnson has been placed on the minor league disabled list due to elbow tightness, according to WEEI.com. Johnson was forced to leave his start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday with the discomfort in his elbow. He went four innings, allowing two hits and a run with three walks and three strikeouts. He is expected to have further tests on Tuesday before any further details are provided. Red Sox manager John Farrell had said last week that Johnson, who made his MLB debut on July 21, would be rejoining the rotation soon. But those plans have been put on hold while Johnson deals with the elbow injury.