Johnson will be tried out as a reliever in 2018, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Johnson split time between Triple-A Pawtucket and the Red Sox last season, compiling a 3.09 ERA in 17 starts for the PawSox and a 4.33 ERA in five starts for the big club. While he's worked solely as a starting pitcher through his first six seasons, the Red Sox -- who are in need of left-handed bullpen depth -- are set to try the 26-year-old southpaw out in a relief role. Johnson's expected to make the big club out of spring given he's out of options, so having him as a relief arm with the capability to spot start makes sense for a Red Sox team that is comfortable with their current starting rotation. At this point, it's unclear if the transition is a long-term move or simply for next season. Nov 13 5:46 pm (EST)
- Johnson is slated to start Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket.
- Johnson was removed from Wednesday's minor-league game after being hit in the leg by a comebacker, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
- Johnson has rejoined the rotation at Triple-A Pawtucket after being shut down with shoulder fatigue. All Brian Johnson (L) News
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|Jun 14||W 7 - 3||@ PHI||0||0||0||2||4||1||3||1||1|
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