After months of hoping and wishing by the fans, top Red Sox prospect Brian Johnson will make his major league debut early next week after the team had to place #1 starter Clay Buchholz on the 15-Day DL, per ESPN.
Right now, it’s possible he’ll start the last game of the series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Monday—or open the series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, manager John Farrell told ESPN. Farrell wouldn’t say who the other starter would be, but he did rule out Justin Masterson, who he said would remain in the bullpen.
Right now, the best guess would be Steven Wright. Joe Kelly came out of last start for Pawtucket in the first inning after being drilled with a line drive to the forearm on July 9th. That would probably kill any chance of him coming back to the big-league Red Sox for the time being.
But I digress. Back to Brian Johnson. Fans have been clamoring for his call up with the Red Sox pitching staff struggling this season, and it’s easy to see why. He has an 8-6 record for the AAA PawSox with a 2.73 ERA in 85.2 innings pitched. Personally, I think he’s ready for his shot, and with our ace at the moment on the DL (Clay Buchholz), it’s a great time for him to come up and try to make an impression on the big stage. I hope he can come up and be successful, because the Red Sox pitching staff could use a boost right now. This could be a crucial next couple of weeks for Brian because the Red Sox are struggling and he has a chance at the very least to show the fans a glimpse of what he can do. If he can help the team get back on a winning track, all the better, but I don’t think it’s fair to him to put that on his shoulders right now.
For now, I’ll settle for a few solid starts from Brian Johnson.