Brian Johnson

Red Sox pitching prospect Brian Johnson placed on disabled list with elbow tightness

John Tomase
August 03, 2015 - 8:21 pm

Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson was placed on the minor league disabled list on Monday, one day after leaving a start at Triple-A Pawtucket with tightness in his elbow, a team spokesman confirmed. Johnson lasted just four innings at Buffalo on Sunday, allowing two hits and a run. He walked three and struck out three. He is scheduled to undergo further examination on Tuesday. One of the team's best pitching prospects, Johnson made his big league debut on July 21 in an 8-3 loss to the Astros. He allowed three hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings, walking four, striking out three, and having difficulty throwing over to first base. Manager John Farrell said last week that Johnson would rejoin the rotation shortly, but that was before he suffered this injury. Left-hander Henry Owens will make his big league debut on Tuesday when the Red Sox open a three-game series in New York against the Yankees. News of Johnson's DL stint was first reported by the Boston Globe.