Brian Johnson

Red Sox place LHP Brian Johnson on outright waivers

Red Sox place LHP Brian Johnson on outright waivers

The Boston Red Sox appear to be moving on from Brian Johnson.

On Monday, the team placed Johnson on outright waivers according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. That means the southpaw can be claimed by any team within the next two days.

If Johnson clears waivers, he'll stay in the organization but be removed from the 40-man roster.

Johnson struggled mightily in 2019 while dealing with elbow issues throughout the campaign. The soon-to-be 29-year-old posted a 6.02 ERA in 40 1/3 innings pitched.

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David Price's return to Red Sox rotation still uncertain, will pitch simulated game Tuesday

David Price's return to Red Sox rotation still uncertain, will pitch simulated game Tuesday

With their playoff hopes hanging by a thread (they began the night seven games back of the second AL wild-card spot), the Red Sox could use some good news on the starting pitching front after learning they'll be without Chris Sale the rest of the season.

They didn't get it Friday ahead of the series opener with the Padres in San Diego.

There had been speculation that David Price could be ready to start the series finale Sunday. That won't happen, manager Alex Cora told reporters before the game Friday.

Price, out since Aug. 4 with a cyst on his left wrist, had a bullpen session at Fenway Park on Thursday and will throw a simulated game in Colorado on Tuesday, "then we'll go from there," Cora said.

Eduardo Rodriguez starts Friday night, Nathan Eovaldi on Saturday and Sunday's starter is still to be determined. Lefty Brian Johnson (1-2, 6.58 ERA) had been filling Price's spot in the rotation.

 

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Brian Johnson to replace injured David Price in rotation Friday vs. Angels

Brian Johnson to replace injured David Price in rotation Friday vs. Angels

With David Price being placed on the injured list, Brian Johnson is the next man up.

Johnson will take Price's spot in the rotation for Friday night's matchup against the Angels. Price was placed on the IL on Thursday with a left wrist injury, and there's currently no timetable for his return according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

Price had been one of Boston's most consistent pitchers for most of the season, but the southpaw struggled in his last four starts going 0-3 and allowing 20 runs 17 innings pitched.

As for Johnson, the 28-year-old is 1-1 with a 6.88 ERA through 11 appearances in 2019.

Price's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the Red Sox, who are 1-9 in their last 10 and six games behind in the American League Wild Card race. The rotation's issues are a large part of those struggles, and this certainly doesn't bode well for its chances of turning things around.

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