Just more than five weeks into the season, Johnson will be the Orioles’ ninth starting pitcher. He will be the fourth pitcher the Orioles have plucked from Triple-A Norfolk to make a start – following right-hander Josh Stinson, left-hander Zach Britton and right-hander Freddy Garcia.
Johnson was one of the leading candidates for the Orioles’ fifth starter spot this spring before he was shelved with a strained lat muscle late in camp. He was activated off the disabled list on April 30 and optioned to Norfolk.
In three starts at Norfolk, Johnson is 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA. In his most recent start Monday, he allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk, earning his first win of the season.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun