By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Red Sox are having a pretty injury-riddled season thus far and the hits just keep coming. In fact, it’s kind of amazing that they are doing so well despite seeing so many guys go down. Anyway, last night in Philadelphia, Brian Johnson left the game in the third inning for a mysterious reason.
He was staked to a lead and was pitching well through two before he lost velocity and started to get knocked around. Soon enough, he was walking off the mound with a trainer and fans were left wondering what was going on. Apparently, he left with shoulder discomfort and upon further review this morning he was sent to the disabled list with a “shoulder impingement.”
Luckily, the Sox had prepared for a nightmare scenario by recalling right-handed pitcher Hector Velasquez from Triple-A and demoting infielder Deven Marerro. Velasquez had been hammered in his major league debut a few weeks ago but came in last night and pitched well to save the Sox and help them hold on for a win.
Johnson reportedly had felt something in his shoulder during warm ups yet continued on before the tightness and stiffness increased. It’s troublesome that Johnson was allowed to pitch through that if he did communicate that to the coaching staff.
This is another shoulder issue for a Red Sox pitcher and another setback for Johnson, who has been through quite a lot in his short professional career. He is by no means a star, but he’s pitched well enough that this will hurt the Sox. Johnson was in the rotation to replace Eduardo Rodriguez after Rodriguez went down with a leg injury and now the pitching depth is growing thin.
The Sox placed Johnson on the 10-day DL and promoted Austin Maddox from Triple-A Pawtucket. Maddox is a right-handed reliever who has never appeared in a major league game to this point. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Sox moved lefty Roenis Elias to the 60-day DL. It appears Johnson’s spot in the rotation will be taken by Velasquez.