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Tigers ready to call up Jim Johnson from Triple-A

Aug 15, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Ten days after signing Jim Johnson to a minor-league contract the Tigers are ready to call up the veteran reliever.

In fact, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports that the Tigers were going to call him up earlier this week but Johnson actually asked to make one more appearance at Triple-A first.

Johnson got released by the A’s after posting a 7.14 ERA in 38 appearances, but with Oakland on the hook for his entire $10 million salary Detroit viewed him as a reasonable no-risk flier and potential middle reliever.

Johnson, who saved 50-plus games for the Orioles in both 2012 and 2013, threw two scoreless, hitless innings Wednesday at Triple-A.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Not on my birthday. Please. Not on my birthday. Dangit!

    • pbastille - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Happy Birthday!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Thank you. Jim Johnson might be the worst midlife crisis present ever, yes?

      • pinerider22 - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Happy Birthday!!!

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      —> chin flick <—-

      Signed, Joe Nathan

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        When I woke up this am, I thought the worst they could do today was play Don Kelly…

        /drinks by noon

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Getcha some fire-brewed Stroh’s!

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Oh, are those drinks for celebrating the first-place Royals?

        Royals? In first?

        Oh Lorde! :)

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      You will soon realize that this is the miracle you’ve been praying for.

      The A’s sign a guy they judged to be a 10 million dollar bullpen talent. For reasons unknown he’s uncharacteristically terrible for the first half of the year and is let go. But although Billy Beane is sometimes wrong he’s almost never completely wrong.

      The Tigers pick him up at for the major league minimum just in time for the stretch drive. The change in scenery flips some switch and he is again a ten million dollar a year bullpen talent.

      On one of the most memorable days in Tiger history he closes out the final game of the ALCS against you know who.

      • clydeserra - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        if its the angels I am fine with that

  2. rawdog2013 - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    If the hyenas think this guy is their answer then that’s bad. I’d take Nathan and his hand gestures any day over this guy.

    One of Beanes worst moves ever!

    Happy birthday

    • Detroit Michael - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      So far, the Tigers are only gambling that Jim Johnson is better than Patrick McCoy or Melvin Mercedes or other fairly nondescript last-reliever-in-the-bullpen types of pitchers. He’s not replacing Joe Nathan.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I would be very interested to see him pitch against the A’s or O’s in the playoffs with the game on the line.

  4. largebill - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Wouldn’t be first guy to stink and then go to another team and have a pitching coach point out something that was leading to some of the poor performance. My understanding is his problem in Oakland was location. Sometimes a minor tweak in release can improve ability to spot the ball. Obviously, confidence is a big deal as well. Fans were upset that team let Balfour go and were merciless to Johnson after some epic early season meltdowns.

    As an Indians fan I hope Tigers give him every opportunity to take the closer job.

  5. jason9696 - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Not surprising at all with how badly Joe Nathan has pitched lately.

  6. baldcrabbydaddy38 - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Jim Johnson has been pretty damn good in triple a, Dombrowski wouldn’t call him up if he didn’t look like he could help.
    Has anyone even bothered to THINK about this situation?? if he’s back to normal we suddenly have a pretty kick ass bullpen when Sofia returns. if he isn’t, Dave will ship him out. Oh! and Oakland is paying his salary so that means we literally risk a prorated version of the major league minimum. Come on people, use your damn brains for once.

    • hookersdontsnuggle - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Keep in mind, the worst players on a big league roster are typically better than the best players on a triple A roster..

    • clydeserra - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      cost is meaningless to the tigers it seems. Wins mean more.

      He is not to be trusted in a game. Maybe a blow out.

  7. drewzducks - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    This announcement should be accompanied by that warning that tells one not to smoke a cigarette while pumping gas.

  8. baldcrabbydaddy38 - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    they didn’t ‘sign’ him. They got him from Baltimore for Jemille Weeks who had been slipping badly for about a year and a half.

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