Orioles officially add right-hander Steve Johnson

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles have officially recalled right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk.

Johnson, a St. Paul's alum, is 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA in 14 games (nine starts) for the Tides.

The 24-year-old right-hander is the son of former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson, who pitched for the club from 1989 to '91.

They become the sixth father-son duo to play for the Orioles, joining Bob and Terry Kennedy, Don and Damon Buford, John O'Donoghue Sr. and John O'Donoghue Jr., Dave and Derrick May and Tim Raines Sr. and Tim Raines Jr.

Johnson spent most of the season as a starter, but really excelled once he moved to the bullpen because of Norfolk's crowded rotation. He has yet to allow an earned run in four relief appearances since joining the pen in mid-June, a span of 12 1/3 innings.

Johnson, who will wear No. 52, has a five-inning stint among those relief apperances, so while he's recently moved to the pen, he could still start for the Orioles.




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