Brian Johnson Heading To The DL, Velazquez Will Probably Take His Spot In The Rotation
Last night, Brian Johnson pitched for the Boston Red Sox, only going 2.2 innings. Johnson was then taken out of the game with an apparent injury. It came out later on that he left the game with left shoulder discomfort. Johnson said after the game he wasn’t concerned about the injury however. He was just going to see how it felt on Thursday.
This morning on 98.5 FM the sports hubs mid-day show, Zolak and Bertrand, Jared Carrabis reported that Brian Johnson is going to be heading to the Disabled list.
— Marc Bertrand (@Marc_Bertrand) June 15, 2017
Having Johnson being placed on the disabled list is a killer to the Red Sox starting rotation, especially with the Eduardo Rodriguez still on the disabled list. But after Johnson came out of the game last night, Hector Velazquez pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and struck out 2. Velasquez showed us that he can pitch effectively at the major league level.
Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles has been very opened that in Velazquezs’ start against the Athletics was not what he has shown at Pawtucket. He was pitching middle-middle in that start. Last night, Velasquez showed that he can get outs at the Major league level.
Now that Brian Johnson is heading to the disabled list, Hector Velasquez is the obvious replacement in the starting rotation. Velazquez has shown that he can pitch very effectively at the AAA level. He works both sides of the plate, up and down, and he uses all of his pitches when he is pitching effectively.
The next time that spot come up in the rotation is on Monday night when the Red Sox are playing in Kansas City. We should know by Saturday the latest if Velazquez will officially take over that spot.