Os set to recall Johnson

The Orioles are expected to recall right-hander Steve Johnson prior to Monday’s series opener in Seattle, a move that bolsters the team’s  bullpen following another abbreviated outing from their starting rotation on Sunday. Johnson will take the spot of lefty Brian Matusz, who was optioned to Triple-A following Sunday’s game, and this will mark his first Major League experience.

The son of former Oriole –and current MASN broadcaster — Dave Johnson, the 24-year-old Johnson last threw two innings yesterday and is 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA in five games since moving to the bullpen. While the O’s remain down a starter, Johnson is an unlikely candidate to make Friday’s start with Norfolk’s Chris Tillman and Zach Britton both ahead of him on the depth chart. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette reiterated that his preference is to upgrade the rotation internally, and mentioned Tillman and Britton as two options to do that on Sunday.

Britton is throwing for Norfolk tonight, and given that the O’s don’t need a starter until Thursday, they could work with an extra reliever for the next few days. Long reliever Miguel Gonzalez is not an option right now to join the rotation, according to Duquette. Thursday’s start could go to Dana Eveland –who made a spot start Saturday– or Tommy Hunter, who was optioned following Saturday’s game, although it would need to be an injury situation for him to be recalled within 10 days.

The team will need a starter for that Friday which could be Britton regular rest or Tillman, who last pitched Wednesday.

MASNSports.com first reported Johnson’s pending promotion.

3 Comments

Put Johnson(Steve) in the rotation and be done with it. Britton or Tillman can come up as well if Arreita doesn’t get his stuff together soon. Hammel, Chen,Johnson,Britton and Tillman Could be pretty good rotation. With Matusz, Arreita and Hunter ready to pitch if they don’t work out. Then your best minor league pitcher Bundy is also available although DAN D. WILL NOT BRING HIM UP. Worst case scenario the guys you send down get better if the new guys fail. Just get a pitching coach who can improve their talent. They had the talent till Adair got a hold of them.

Tillman is scheduled to start for Norfolk tonight so a Friday start for the Orioles is kind of unlikely. Britton doesn’t appear to be quite ready yet but he would be a more logical choice. Please don’t bring Hunter up again if we are serious about winning. Sad but true – I would rather take a chance on Dontrell Willis then Hunter or Eveland. Matusz is where he should be now and should remain for the rest of the AAA season. Arrietta needs to join him there because he looks just as lost on the mound. These kids simply aren’t ready and like it or not, Duquette should go outside the organization and find a couple of starters that aren’t too costly even if they are journeyman starters. I still don’t understand the decision to give up on Jamie Moyer but what’s done is done. We are tired of losing-the playoffs are in the headlights for the first time in ages. Make a true run at them. Oh and one more thing – why trade for Thome when Lew Ford is sitting at Norfolk hitting .351 and is far more versatile??

The best man for pitching coach unfortunately is no longer with us – Mike Flanagan. I honestly think he could have done something with these young guys if he had been given the chance. Jamie Moyer also could “have been” a good choice but we left him slip away to Toronto. I agree, Adair is not the man for the job.

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