Boston Red Sox Pitcher Brian Johnson Reportedly All Set To Pitch For Boston This Weekend After Dealing With Hamstring Discomfort
Last week Boston Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson had to leave his start in the second-inning with hamstring discomfort. At the time Johnson was set to replace the injured Eduardo Rodriguez in the Red Sox rotation this weekend but the injury created serious doubts in his ability to be able too do that.
But according to Rob Bradford of WEEI, Johnson’s hamstring is no longer giving him any discomfort and he was able to test the leg with a throwing session on Sunday.
Johnson initially felt the discomfort in a AAA-Pawtucket game last Saturday in Durham against the Bulls with what was called a cramp in his leg after falling down after throwing a pitch. As of right now the Boston Red Sox have yet to make a decision on who their starter will be to make the start against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park this weekend, but at this point Johnson has to remain a favorite for Boston.
As of right now the Pawtucket Red Sox have Brian Johnson slated to pitch for them this Thursday against the Buffalo Bisons. Other options for Boston this weekend are Kyle Kendrick who is listed as Saturdays starter for Pawtucket, but Kendrick’s struggles both in the majors and in the minors this season make him an unlikely spot start candidate.
Johnson’s last major league start came against the Seattle Mariners on May 27th where the lefty threw a complete game shut-out and solidified himself as a good reserve option for the Red Sox going forward.
The goal for right now is to have Johnson go against the Tigers this weekend, then hope that Rodriguez is ready to go the next time through the rotation. For now E-Rod sits on the 10-day disabled list after re-aggravating his left knee last Friday against the Baltimore Orioles.