The latest stop in Jim Johnson’s major league odyssey is Detroit. It hasn’t started particularly well.
On Sunday afternoon, Johnson whose contract was purchased from Toledo earlier in the day, allowed three runs—two unearned—on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. He walked one and struck out one.
Johnson, who was released by Oakland after a horrible first half of the season, saw his ERA rise to a frightful 7.24.
The Orioles expressed interest in Johnson and seemed like the favorites to sign him, but couldn’t guarantee a return to the big leagues until Sept. 1.
Detroit, which led the AL Central by seven on July 24, has imploded while Kansas City has gotten hot. The Tigers entered Sunday in second place, trailing the Royals by a half-game.
When Johnson left the game, Seattle led Detroit by 7-0.
The Tigers had lots of competition for Johnson. Milwaukee thought it had Johnson signed, but Johnson chose Detroit at the last minute. After a brief stop in Toledo, he’s back in the big leagues.
It looks like an uneasy time for Johnson.