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Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson was placed on the minor league disabled list on Monday, one day after leaving a start at Triple-A Pawtucket with tightness in his elbow, a team spokesman confirmed.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson was placed on the minor league disabled list on Monday, one day after leaving a start at Triple-A Pawtucket with tightness in his elbow, a team spokesman confirmed.

Johnson lasted just four innings at Buffalo on Sunday, allowing two hits and a run. He walked three and struck out three. He is scheduled to undergo further examination on Tuesday.

One of the team’s best pitching prospects, Johnson made his big league debut on July 21 in an 8-3 loss to the Astros. He allowed three hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings, walking four, striking out three, and having difficulty throwing over to first base.

Manager John Farrell said last week that Johnson would rejoin the rotation shortly, but that was before he suffered this injury. Left-hander Henry Owens will make his big league debut on Tuesday when the Red Sox open a three-game series in New York against the Yankees.

News of Johnson’s DL stint was first reported by the Boston Globe.

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John Tomase
Rob Bradford is joined by Weei.com’s John Tomase to talk about what the Red Sox might do now that Sam Kennedy has been named President of the team. Tomase raises the very interesting possibility of the Red Sox bringing in a veteran executive to call the shots when it comes to player acquisition.
Rob Bradford is joined by Weei.com’s John Tomase to talk about what the Red Sox might do now that Sam Kennedy has been named President of the team. Tomase raises the very interesting possibility of the Red Sox bringing in a veteran executive to call the shots when it comes to player acquisition.

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:

Dayan Diaz

Dayan Diaz

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-64): W, 2-1, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)

— The PawSox scored both runs Sunday in the top of the eighth inning. After Deven Marrero and Sandy Leon started the frame with back-to-back walks, Allen Craig singled and Marrero was able to score on a throwing error. Leon scored after Garin Cecchini grounded into a fielder’€™s choice.

— Dayan Diaz earned the win in a four-inning relief appearance. The righty allowed just one hit and two walks. Diaz is 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 20 appearances out of the bullpen.

— Left-hander Brian Johnson started for Pawtucket and was limited to 60 pitches, allowing one earned run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts over four innings of work. Johnson has a 9-6 record and a 2.53 ERA after 18 starts in a PawSox uniform this season.

— Right-hander Noe Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the season.

Tim Roberson

Tim Roberson

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (40-69): L, 16-12 (11 innings), vs. Harrisburg (Nationals)

— Now riding an 11-game hit streak, Tim Roberson notched four hits Sunday to lead the Portland offense. He went 4-for-6 with a solo home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Roberson, who was the designated hitter Sunday, is hitting .361 on the season and has posted at least two hits in seven games during his current hitting streak.

— First baseman Sam Travis also homered for the Sea Dogs and finished the day 2-for-5 with a walk, four RBIs and two runs scored. Shortstop Oscar Tejeda went 3-for-6 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Right fielder Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBIs.

— The Sea Dogs used six pitchers Sunday, with right-hander John Cornely taking the loss after giving up three earned runs in the top of the 11th inning. Cornely is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 19 relief appearances for Portland this season.

— Right-hander Luis Diaz started for the Sea Dogs and was tagged for six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits, including two home runs, and walked two and struck out four. Diaz is 1-9 with a 5.59 ERA after 21 starts.

Ty Buttrey

Ty Buttrey

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (53-55): L, 5-0, at Potomac (Nationals)

— Right-hander Ty Buttrey suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and one walk with two strikeouts over seven innings. Buttrey fell to 7-5 and now has a 3.65 ERA after 15 starts for Salem this season.

— Left-hander Mike Adams tossed one scoreless inning of relief, allowing just one hit. Adams has a 1-3 record and a 4.17 ERA in 28 appearances for Salem this year.

— The Salem offense combined for just five hits Sunday, with two coming off the bat of Cole Sturgeon. The left fielder went 2-for-3 with a walk and now has hit safely in his last four games, recording two hits in three of those four. Sturgeon is hitting .254 with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBIs.

— Third baseman Yoilan Cerse went 1-for-3 with a double and designated hitter Kevin Heller went 1-for-4 with a double. Heller has now hit safely in his last seven games and is hitting .314 on the season.

J.T. Watkins

J.T. Watkins

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (55-51): W, 7-6, vs. Lexington (Royals)

— First baseman Cisco Tellez and catcher J.T. Watkins drove in two runs apiece to lift the Drive. Tellez finished the day 0-for-3 but had an RBI ground out and a bases-loaded walk. He also scored a run. Watkins went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

— Second baseman Yoan Moncada and designated hitter Michael Chavis also posted two-hit games for Greenville. Moncada went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI and Chavis went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

— Right-hander Jamie Callahan earned the win despite allowing three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three. Callahan’€™s ERA jumped to 6.02, but the 20-year-old improved to 4-6 on the season after 23 appearances.

— Jeffry Fernandez started for Greenville, allowing three runs — one earned — on five hits and three walks. He also struck out four. The right-hander is 3-8 on the season with a 5.67 ERA through 20 starts.

Victor Acosta

Victor Acosta

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (22-20): L, 6-3, at State College (Cardinals)

— Left fielder Kyri Washington drove in all three Lowell runs Sunday with a bases-clearing double in the top of the fourth inning. Through five games with the Spinners, Washington is hitting .188 with five RBIs.

— Third baseman Victor Acosta went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. The 19-year-old from Venezuela is batting .284 on the season with six doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs.

— Left-hander Javier Rodriguez started for the Spinners but managed to record just two outs. He suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on two hits and four walks. Rodriguez fell to 0-3 on the year and now has a 7.27 ERA.

— Daniel Gonzalez took over for Rodriguez and pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. The 19-year-old right-hander has a 2-2 record and a 3.32 ERA in nine appearances for Lowell this season.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy

Red Sox president-to-be Sam Kennedy says it won't be his job to pick the players. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Sam Kennedy is taking over as president of the Red Sox.



It’s one of the biggest stages in all of baseball and Tuesday night it will be the site of Henry Owens’ major league debut, as the 23-year-old will take to the mound for the first time in a big league uniform against the Yankees.

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

It’s one of the biggest stages in all of baseball and Tuesday night it will be the site of Henry Owens’ major league debut, as the 23-year-old will take to the mound for the first time in a big league uniform against the Yankees.

With Rick Porcello scheduled to start Tuesday and going on the disabled list Sunday, that opened a spot for Owens.

“Well, one we wanted to insert another starter and not move guys up. We wanted to provide an extra day of rest, so Tuesday is Henry’s day,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s going to be probably the biggest stage he’s going to make his debut on as schedule has it. Ideally having another left-hander going against that lineup in that ballpark. We’ll see him on Tuesday.”

Owens was the selected in the first-round of the 2011 draft by the Red Sox.

Over 21 starts with Pawtucket this season, Owens is 3-8 with a 3.16 ERA. The biggest issue for Owens has been the number of walks he’s allowed, but he’s cut them down of late, which is the primary reason for him getting the promotion.

In April and May the 6-foot-6 left-hander had 35 walks in 54 1/3 innings. At one point in early June he had the most walks in all of baseball — both Triple-A and the majors. Recently, Owens has commanded his pitches much better as over his last two starts (12 innings) he has a total of two walks and in the month of July he has issued just eight walks in 31 2/3 innings.

“A lot more strikes, repeating his delivery,” Farrell said of what has changed for him. “I think coming out of spring training there was some work needed just commanding his body as well as the baseball and that has been the case over the last four weeks or more. In a nut shell, it’s more quality strikes throughout the entire time he’s on the mound.”

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Ryan Hannable