"Listen, he didn't have the year he was looking for, but this kid is still a top-notch, quality prospect and it's up to us and him to help him get back to that spot," said Cooper. "That doesn't worry me, we do that in a lot of cases."
Johnson also posted a 6.73 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Charlotte.
"But we've got to get him back going to where he was, and if we do, we're better. We've got him in case something goes wrong. We've got Brad Penny, we've got Beck, [Frank] Montas, Danish. These are all the kids who are coming, but we just bought more time by getting shored up at the big league level."
Despite a down year for the 2011 second-round draft pick, the White Sox haven't lost faith in the 24-year-old hurler.
"I'll point to Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens. Those guys didn't succeed right off the bat," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said, per MLB.com. "Not everybody grabs the brass ring the first time around the merry go round, and the rest is history. I remember when Jon Garland was here at 19 and everybody expected a lot more from him because he was a highly touted No. 1 guy.
"He wasn't able to give what everyone expected at 19. Sometimes you have to take lumps and hits to continue to evolve into the guy you are going to be, a solid major leaguer."
Johnson struggled in Friday's start, giving up four earned runs on four hits and four walks in just 1 2/3 innings. He has posted a 6.46 ERA over five starts while striking out 18 and walking 15 in 23 2/3 innings.
Johnson got out of the first inning without much trouble, and was even handed a lead in that frame. Unfortunately, that's where the good times ended for him, as he was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Johnson ended up with a no-decision in spite of his disastrous start, and remains 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA on the season. His next outing is set for Wednesday against the Tigers.
Johnson owns a 5.32 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over his first 22 innings pitched. He will make his next start Friday at home against Tampa Bay.
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