Orioles right-hander Steve Johnson is seemingly among a long list of pitchers pitching well at spring camp and fighting for one of the club's last roster spots with opening day approaching.
The 26-year-old Baltimore native is trying to put 2013 in his rear-view mirror. He had four stints with the Orioles, but also two DL trips and injuries were a factor as he pitched to a 7.47 ERA over 15 2/3 innings. For the playoff-bound 2012 O's, Johnson pitched some big games late in the season, going 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA.
He has a 2.57 ERA in four spring outings here in Florida. Over seven innings, he has allowed just three hits and two runs with two walks, six strikeouts and a .130 average against. He has given up runs in just one outing with three scoreless, most recently on Wednesday when he pitched two innings against Philadelphia.
"I feel good," Johnson said. "I had one outing where I gave up some runs. Just trying to get innings and compete. There are a lot of guys going for a few spots...