The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-hander Steve Johnson
on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury, according to Dan Connolly
of The Baltimore Sun.
The discomfort began for Johnson during his last appearance
on Wednesday night. He was initially hoping it would resolve itself, but it
didn’t and the O’s decided to make the transaction. It’s Johnson’s second trip
to the DL this season, and he was understandably frustrated.
“It’s real frustrating,” said Johnson, who missed the
beginning of the season with a lat strain. “Obviously I don’t want to spend any
time on the DL, and this is going to be my second stint of the season. I’ve
been a guy -- until last year really with the groin -- I had never gotten hurt
before. Really, really frustrating.”
Both injuries have been back and side related for Johnson,
as he was initially sidelined with a lat injury. Both lat and oblique injuries
can be tricky, as they tend to linger if not properly treated and given a
sufficient amount of time off.
Johnson has been a reliever and spot starter for the O’s this
season. Over five appearances – including one start – the 25-year-old has
posted an ERA and WHIP of 8.49 and 1.800.
To replace Johnson on the roster, the Orioles recalled
outfielder Xavier Avery. Another roster move is coming, as Avery was returned
to the minors following yesterday’s contest against the Houston Astros. This
time the Birds are expected to bring up a reliever from Triple-A to fill
Johnson’s spot in the bullpen.
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