Boston Red Sox Injury: Starter Brian Johnson “Not Worried” About Shoulder Discomfort
Boston Red Sox starter Brian Johnson dealt with an hamstring injury just over a week ago, but what caused him to leave Wednesday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park early was left shoulder discomfort.
Despite only lasting 2.2 innings Johnson did not sound concerned after the game.
“Not concerned at all,” Johnson said after a 7-3 Sox win. “I’ve been through worse for sure, but I think it’ll be quick for me hopefully. I’ll come in tomorrow and see how it feels.”
A roster move is likely for the Red Sox to get another fresh arm available for Thursday.
Hector Velazquez was recalled before the game to aid a bullpen that’s had a lot of work lately and he replaced the injured Johnson. Velazquez came in protecting a 5-3 lead at the time and went 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball for his first career win.
“[Johnson] threw a pitch in the bullpen warming up before the game that he might have felt a little bit of a tug sensation, but didn’t speak of it,” manager John Farrell said. “He mentioned it to Carl [pitching coach Carl Willis] in the warmups, but got through his warmups fine.
“Came out in the first couple of innings and was getting through the game okay. No issues warming up. Third inning going out, there was a little bit more difficulty to get warmed up or loosened. And then, inside the middle of that inning, we had to get him out of there.”
Johnson took Eduardo Rodriguez’s spot in the rotation, and now Velazquez may be Johnson’s replacement. Rodriguez could attempt to throw off a mound for the first time since his right knee subluxation before the end of this three-city road trip which is something John Farrell is hopeful for.