SARASOTA, Fla. – Steve Johnson hoped to start the season in the Orioles rotation. Instead, he’s starting it on the 15-day disabled list.
Johnson, who was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA last year in 12 games with the Orioles, hurt his back and was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday.
The Orioles haven’t officially announced the news, but it will be backdated to March 23. Johnson was 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA. In 13 innings, Johnson gave up five runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked two.
“Obviously, I am disappointed. I definitely wanted to start out healthy, either way, wherever I ended up. But I’ll take some time, rest it and try to get healthy. I don’t know how long, but hopefully it’s only a couple days,” Johnson said.
The 25-year-old right-hander will stay in Sarasota for the time being. He could be eligible to pitch on Apr. 7.
Johnson was beaten out by Jake Arrieta for the final spot in the rotation.