Johnson, who was placed on the injured list Saturday, is dealing with an intestinal issue but is expected to make a full recovery, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. This was labeled as a non-baseball medical matter when he was first placed on the IL. Johnson should be considered out indefinitely, although the Red Sox say he should be able to return at some point this season. Hector Velazquez could step into Johnson's role as a spot starter.
Johnson was placed on the 10-day injured list with a non-baseball-related medical matter, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. He has not pitched since June 22 and will now be out indefinitely with this undisclosed issue. The Red Sox say he is expected to return at some point this season. Hector Velazquez (back) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Johnson is expected to work out of the Boston bullpen this week while the Red Sox get by with a four-man rotation due to off days Thursday and Friday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Since he last pitched Saturday, Johnson wouldn't be available until the upcoming weekend's two-game series with the Yankees in London on account of the back-to-back off days. Rather than slotting Johnson back into the rotation at that time, however, the Red Sox will simply have Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez pitch Saturday and Sunday, respectively, on five days' rest. After the London trip, the Red Sox can reset their rotation again following another off day July 1, so Johnson may not be needed to step back in as the club's fifth starter until July 6 in Detroit.
Johnson gave up one unearned run on four hits and no walks across five innings during Saturday's 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision. Johnson exited the game with a 6-1 lead and seemed like a sure bet to receive the win, but the bullpen surrendered seven runs across the seventh and eighth innings. The 28-year-old figures to remain in the starting rotation in place of Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) for the time being, but it's not clear when his next start will come with the Red Sox having a pair of off days next week ahead of the two-game set in London against the Yankees next weekend.
Boston manager Alex Cora confirmed Johnson is the team's fifth starter, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. As Johnson ramped up during a rehab stint, having him fill in for the injured Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) was widely presumed to be the Red Sox's plan,. Johnson was pulled after three innings and 70 pitches Sunday against the Orioles, and while Cora is sticking by him a starter, the manager expects improvement. "I think [Sunday] he was OK," Cora said. "Like I said, rehab starts, big-league starts are way different. He was OK. Hopefully for his next one he can do better." Meanwhile, Eovaldi has resumed throwing after a setback and is starting his rehab from scratch. Johnson could be the fill-in starter through the All-Star break.