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Jim Johnson had a rough Tigers debut

Aug 18, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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Detroit wasted no time in calling up Jim Johnson, adding him to the bullpen after just 4.2 innings in the minors following his release by Oakland.

Johnson made his Tigers debut Sunday against the Mariners, coming in to pitch the sixth inning trailing 4-0, and allowed three runs while recording two outs. (In fairness, he was also hurt by an error behind him.)

Johnson had a 7.14 ERA in 38 appearances for the A’s and allowed three runs in four Triple-A appearances, so aside from his pre-2014 track record as the Orioles’ closer there wasn’t much evidence that the 31-year-old right-hander was on the verge of turning things around.

He’s now allowed 36 runs in 41 innings this season.

  1. rawdog2013 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    If a pitcher can’t make it in Oakland chances are he will struggle elsewhere. Tons of foul territory, low pressure, best fans in baseball, etc

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      But his odds are high of having a better … uh … ‘bathroom experience.’

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      “best fans in baseball”

      Apparently they also smoke crack. Oakland fans are only a notch above Ranger and Angel fans in terms of douchery*

      *personalexperiences

  2. mmeyer3387 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    It’s hard to see this happen to Johnson, he’s always been a classy guy. It’s downright painful to see a pitcher melt down like he has. I’m not sure if he’s washed up or it’s just a mechanical or confidence issue. These issues have happened to other pitchers in the past and there is no telling how this will turn out. Clearly this year has challenged his confidence. I can’t help but wondering if they rushed Johnson. In my opinion, Johnson needed more time in the minors and some one on one instruction as well if he was to make it.

    • clydeserra - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      he is a veteran pitcher. He doesn’t need counselling. He needs to be able to throw a ball where he wants.

      he hasn’t done that this year.

  3. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Phillies want to get rid of Papelbon.

  4. rawdog2013 - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Did smug get his butt kicked, again? Smug’s always getting punked by AL West fans.

    Keep driving your Hyundai to work, Smug, while the rest of us drive our BMWs.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      My team is in first place. Yours is busy getting blown out by every team they play

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