Johnson to be activated Friday
CHICAGO– Orioles reliever Jim Johnson came through Tuesday’s two-inning stint with Double-A Bowie with no reported problems and he is expected to be activated for Friday’s series in Anaheim.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke with Johnson on Wednesday and said the right-hander didn’t experience any residual effects, which was the team’s only real concern. Johnson allowed one hit over two scoreless innings on Tuesday, striking out three, and will provide a boost to an Orioles bullpen currently without David Hernandez and Jason Berken.
Showalter said he wouldn’t hesitate to have Johnson (right elbow inflammation) throw multiple innings if needed, but he will try to stay away -initially at least — from using him on back-to-back days.
“But if the situation presents itself to, we feel confident using him period,” Showalter said of Johnson, who hasn’t appeared in a Major League game since April 30. “We wouldn’t bring him up if we didn’t think he was a go-guy. We will put him in the fire if we had to.”
Since Johnson is on the 60-day disabled list, the Orioles will need to clear a space on the 40-man roster with Berken the obvious choice. Berken is done for the season after an MRI earlier this month revealed a slight tear in his right labrum and rotator cuff inflammation.