Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson cruising through 2nd inning when slip derails game and potential return in Boston
When you think of Brian Johnson, you think of someone who pitched five years in the minors. You think of someone who contemplated retiring for medical reasons. He’s come a long way since then. Johnson struck out five of the first seven batters he faced before slipping on the mound. Johnson was replaced by Chandler Shepard.
The injury doesn’t look serious and the way luck has gone this year the Red Sox could catch a break. We’re hoping it’s nothing serious. Johnson was expected to take Eduardo Rodriguez’s spot in the rotation before the injury. There’s still a chance that he could make the start for the Sox. If not, Hector Velazquez has a shot to make the start.
Johnson dominated his last performance spinning a five hit shutout striking out eight in just 109 pitches. If he is unable to make the start for Boston, the Sox will be left with making a decision with not much time. The start was originally set for June 10th against the Tigers in Boston.
If he can get a clean bill of health, you can fully expect him to make the start and carry on right where he left off. He’ll be seeking his 3rd win on the season. He’ll be facing off against Justin Verlander who is in search of his first win in three starts.
Photo Credit – Richard Carson – AP Photo