JJ called up, placed on major league DL

Orioles reliever Jim Johnson, who is nursing an elbow injury and not expected back anytime soon, was called up and placed on the 15-day disabled list.

It is pretty much a paper move, but it does carry ramifications for Johnson, who will accrue major league service time and big-league wages while he is on the DL. If he returns at some point in July, that's not that big of a deal. If he needs Tommy John surgery and is out all of next year, that will be a big deal because that's another year closer to free agency.

It sounds like the Orioles and Johnson's agent, Michael Moye, worked out a deal because Johnson had been on the minor league disabled list.

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