Brian Johnson

Red Sox pregame notes: Brian Johnson not on his way up despite skipped start Wednesday; Daniel Nava injury update

Ryan Hannable
June 03, 2015 - 8:12 am

There was some buzz Wednesday morning when the PawSox lineup card was released and scheduled starter Brian Johnson was not on it and Miguel Celestino was starting in his place. With Eduardo Rodriguez called up and making his major league debut last week, there was speculation it could be Johnson's turn this week, but manager John Farrell poured cold water over that thought. "There's a typical approach taken with all starters there where they ail skip a start at some point in time the year and it wasn't to bring him up or anything other than kind of a normal cycle guys go through," Farrell said. Farrell anticipates Johnson to make his next scheduled start with Pawtucket five days from now. Johnson is 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 10 starts with the PawSox this season. This is following a 2014 season which saw him go 13-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. -- Daniel Nava was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Thursday with a left thumb strain. Following an MRI, there's no timetable for his return. "Has not swung a bat yet," Farrell said. "The MRI confirmed that there is a contusion in the muscle in the left hand that's up from the thumb towards the palm. There's inflammation that is going on there that they are still trying to calm down and heel. So, he's going through treatment, some strengthening and I don't have a date that he will put a bat back in his hand yet." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- There was a report early Wednesday morning that the Red Sox had acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles. Farrell wouldn't confirm or deny the report, but did say if they were to add an outfielder, he wouldn't be added to the roster for Game 2. "I'm aware of the report that is out there on acquiring another outfielder," Farrell said. "There's no move to announce right now. The best thing I can say is Ben [Cherington] is always looking for ways to improve the roster and look at every opportunity to do that." Farrell was also asked if the addition of a potential outfielder was because of Nava's health. "Well I guess you can say yes in the short-term," he said. "Our goal is to get every player healthy and that is not just singling out Daniel in this case, we have to get [Shane Victorino] healthy, we have to get him back so the sooner we can do that we have the chance for more decisions or options available to us. But we didn't find anything else in the exam that would say, 'This is going to be longer than first thought and that is why we need to get another outfielder.'" -- Reliever Robbie Ross Jr. was added as the team's 26th man for the doubleheader. -- Catcher Sandy Leon will catch Rodriguez Wednesday afternoon and Blake Swihart will catch Rick Porcello in the nightcap. With Swihart having more experience with Rodriguez in the minors and Leon catching Tuesday night, some wondered what the reasoning was. Farrell said it had to do with Porcello having a 7.62 ERA in two games with Leon catching. "Probably the familiarity with Rick [Porcello] and Blake at this level," he said of the decision. "Realizing there is some history between Blake and Eddie at the minor league level and they teamed up well down in Texas, but given the number of starts Blake has handed with Porcello, wanted to preserve that one." -- Jackie Bradley is currently batting .354 with Triple-A Pawtucket and despite his production, Farrell said a potential call up is not imminent. "Swinging that bat well," Farrell said of the reports he's getting. "He's getting consistent hard contact. Everything that I have says he's swinging the bat as he has when camp broke and that is an all field approach. There's nothing that says he's on his way back here, though."