by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson (0-1) surrendered six runs and seven hits during his season debut in Baltimore's 8-5 loss at Minnesota on Saturday night. Johnson, who was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk after lasting just four innings, walked four batters and struck out three.
"I couldn't get a good feel for my pitches," he said. "I couldn't get my secondary stuff over. I started off all right, but I couldn't make a pitch to get out of that inning. It's unfortunate that the team gives you that lead they gave you to not being able to make a pitch and limit the damage. It's not good."
Johnson was the ninth pitcher to start for Baltimore this season, tying the team with the Dodgers for most in the majors.
Steve Johnson recalled for Saturday start
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) The Orioles officially recalled Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to start in Minnesota. Alex Burnett was sent out to make room on the roster.
Johnson has made three starts for Norfolk since coming off the disabled list. He is 1-2 with a 4.41 ERA in the minors.
He has struck out 19 and walked four through 16 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old went 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 12 appearances (four starts) last season.
Johnson, who began the season on the disabled list, has made three starts for Triple-A Norfolk, including two as part of his rehab assignment. He is 1-2 with a 4.41 ERA in the minors.
He has struck out 19 and walked four through 16 1/3 innings of work. The 25-year-old went 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 12 appearances (four starts) last season.
Steve Johnson optioned to Triple-A
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) The Orioles activated pitcher Steve Johnson from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk, MLB.com reports.
Johnson went 5 2/3 innings during a rehab start with Norfolk Monday, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out eight and showed improvement from his first outing for the Tides when he gave up four runs in five innings with three Ks.
Johnson could eventually rejoin the Orioles' rotation.
Steve Johnson solid in rehab start
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Orioles starter Steve Johnson, who is currently rehabbing an injured back with Triple-A Norfolk, took the mound for the Tides Monday night. Johnson earned a no-decision in a solid performance against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Johnson went 5 2/3 innings as he allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out eight batters in the performance. He showed a clear improvement from his first outing for the Tides when he allowed four runs over five innings with three Ks.
The Orioles have not settled on a No. 5 starter yet this season. Jake Arrieta, Josh Stinson and Zach Britton have all taken turns in the spot. Johnson, Jair Jurrjens and Freddy Garcia appear to be the next few options the Orioles will attempt to use.
Steve Johnson kicks off rehab assignment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Orioles starting pitcher Steve Johnson (back) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday. Johnson allowed four runs on six hits and one walk in five innings, while striking out three.
Johnson surrendered a home run to Bryan Anderson and threw 44 of 67 pitches for strikes. He left the game trailing 4-0.
Steve Johnson all set for rehab start
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun that pitcher Steve Johnson (back) will likely start his Triple-A rehab assignment Wednesday. Though he came out of the bullpen in his most recent extended spring training outing, Johnson is expected to be a starter during his rehab assignment with Norfolk.
Steve Johnson ready for rehab assignment
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson threw four innings in extended spring training, and is ready to go on his rehab assignment.
Johnson, who was competing for a spot in the club's rotation, has been sidelined with a lat injury. Once he's healthy, Johnson is no lock to make the team's major-league roster.
Steve Johnson, Tsuyoshi Wada nearing rehab assignments
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Orioles pitchers Steve Johnson and Tsuyoshi Wada will pitch in another extended spring training game Thursday, MLB.com reports. Manager Buck Showalter said both could then begin minor league rehab assignments.
Johnson has a strained lat and was able to go three innings in his last appearance. Wada, who is rehabbing from Tommy John and hopes to return to the Orioles in early May, went two.
Steve Johnson, Tsuyoshi Wada appear in spring game
Johnson (strained lat) went three innings, and Wada (Tommy John surgery) went two. Manager Buck Showalter said reports on their velocity was good.
"Everything went well, real well," Showalter said. "We'll wait and see how they feel tomorrow, but today was a good step for them."
Johnson is nearing an injury rehab assignment with an affiliate and Wada will increase his workload an inning at a time.
Steve Johnson to get on mound Saturday
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson, who is on the disabled list with a strained right lat, will pitch in an extended spring training game Saturday, MASNSports.com reports Wednesday. Johnson should go three innings or around 55 pitches.
"He's getting close," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's not feeling anything. He's close to really getting it going."
Steve Johnson getting healthy for Baltimore
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson, who is on the disabled list with a lat strain, could be ready to pitch again within 7-10 days, reports MASNSports.com Saturday.
Johnson was in consideration for a spot in the rotation until coming down with the injury at the end of spring training. He gave up five runs over 13 spring innings with nine strikeouts. Johnson went 4-0 over 12 games and four starts last year with a 2.11 ERA and 46 Ks over 38 1/3 innings.
He's expected to rejoin the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk when activated from the disabled list.
Steve Johnson plays long toss
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson played long toss on Thursday.
Johnson was placed on the disabled list at the end of March with a strained lat. He was competing for a spot at the back-end of the club's rotation during the spring. With those spots now set, Johnson will likely begin the year in the minors.
Steve Johnson starts on disabled list
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) The Orioles placed pitcher Steve Johnson on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to a right lat strain. The injury caused him to drop out of the running for the team's final rotation spot this spring, which ultimately went to Jake Arrieta.
Johnson will likely begin his season in the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk, when healthy. The 25-year-old went 1-0 this spring with a 3.46 ERA over five appearances with nine strikeouts over 13 innings. Johnson went 4-0 for the Orioles last year over 12 appearances and four starts with a 2.11 ERA and 46 Ks over 38 1/3 innings.
Steve Johnson to open season on disabled list
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013)Steve Johnson will open the season on the disabled list with a sore lat muscle, MASN reports.
Johnson has been shut down since the issue propped up March 25. He was unlikely to beat out Jake Arrieta for the fifth starter job, but the injury confirmed the decision for Baltimore. It's unknown how long the Orioles expect Johnson to be out.
Steve Johnson shut down with sore lat muscle
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson has been shut down with a sore lat muscle and could start the season on the disabled list, according to MLB.com. Johnson finishes the spring with a 3.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and nine strikeouts in 13 innings of Grapefruit League play.
Steve Johnson unlikely to make Thursday start
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) The Orioles are uncertain that rotation candidate Steve Johnson will be able to make his scheduled start Thursday, reports MLB.com. Johnson is dealing with lower-back discomfort and is considered day to day.
Johnson remains in competition with Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and perhaps Jair Jurrjens for the fifth spot in the rotation, though it appears Arrieta is closing in on the job.
O's Steve Johnson has back issue
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Orioles starting candidate Steve Johnson is dealing with a bit of a back injury and Baltimore has backed off his usage at the moment, reports MASNSports.com.
"Stevie's had a little discomfort in his (lower back)," said manager Buck Showalter Monday. "A little discomfort in that area. Richie said, 'Let's get this straight and give him one more day.'"
Johnson remains in competition with Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and perhaps Jair Jurrjens for the fifth spot in the rotation. He has allowed five runs this spring over 13 innings for a 3.46 ERA with nine Ks. Johnson went 4-0 in his first taste of the majors last year. He pitched to a 2.11 ERA over 12 appearances and four starts with 46 Ks over 38 1/3 innings.
Steve Johnson disappointed in rough start
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013)Steve Johnson allowed three runs on two hits and three walks over four innings Friday against Tampa Bay, a disappointing outing for the prospective Orioles' starter.
Johnson, 24, sports a solid 3.46 ERA in 13 spring innings, but he may be losing his grip on the fifth starter job after Jake Arrieta threw six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts Thursday to take the assumed lead in the race. Johnson allowed a sterling 2.11 ERA in 2012 with a 2.6 K/BB in four starts and eight relief appearances.
O's Steve Johnson makes rotation case
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Orioles rotation candidate Steve Johnson did not hurt his chances at winning the No. 5 spot for manager Buck Showalter with his outing against the Twins on Sunday.
Johnson took the mound for Baltimore in the Grapefruit League start and finished four complete innings. He allowed three hits and one walk and did not give up a run. He struck out two and hit a batter, throwing 67 pitches and 40 for strikes.
Johnson, who is competing with Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, Jair Jurrjens and Jake Arrieta for the final rotation spot, has allowed just two earned runs this spring over nine innings with seven Ks.
Johnson gets the start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/5/2013) Orioles starting pitcher Steve Johnson got his first start of the spring Tuesday against Toronto, but he scuffled a bit for the first time. Johnson tossed a pair of innings, allowing two earned runs, including one on a one-out solo home run by Andy LaRoche in the second inning. Johnson struck out two batters in the two innings, with two hits and a walk allowed. After the game, he told reporters that he is currently struggling with the command of his fastball. Just the fastball command. Ive been battling that a little bit, he said. It always comes around. Its just right now its a little hit or miss. Johnson still managed to outpitch Jair Jurrjens, who took the mound after him and allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Johnson strong against Yankees
(2/27/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson, a darkhorse candidate for the rotation, struck out three batters in two scoreless relief innings against the Yankees on Wednesday, allowing a hit and walking a batter. Johnson has not allowed a run in three spring innings so far.
Johnson takes mound for O's
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/23/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson pitched the fourth inning on Saturday in the Grapefruit League opener against the Twins. Johnson pitched a scoreless inning and walked a batter for his only mistake. He did not have a strikeout.
Johnson makes case for rotation
(2/20/2013) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson took his first step towards a rotation spot during Tuesday's intrasquad game. He worked one inning and retired four batters as manager Buck Showalter wanted the right-hander to reach a certain pitch count. "I just got ahead of everybody, really. That was the big thing," Johnson told MASN.com. Johnson is competing to be the No. 5 starter for Baltimore. "I threw mainly fastballs and I got ahead," he said. "I threw one curveball and got a broken-bat grounder on it, and I threw one slider and got a fly out. I hung it a little bit. I was just trying to throw everything, but that's the hitters' first time seeing live pitching, so I just wanted to throw strikes and pound the zone. I was able to do that, which is good."
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (12/26/2012) The Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are considering Steve Johnson for a spot in their starting rotation to begin the 2013 season. Johnson made four starts, along with eight relief appearances, with the Orioles last season, and he went 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA. In explaining why Johnson is in the rotation mix for next year, Manager Buck Showalter told the Sun, "What else does a guy got to do to get an opportunity? He came up here, he did the job. He did the job in Triple-A. His stats were as good as anybody's. I thought they were kind of better than anybody's.