Tyler Johnson began his rehab stint with the Winston-Salem Dash on Saturday night, his first action in nearly four weeks. He opened the season with Charlotte, but was shelved after four ineffective appearances, the last of which came on May 12. He’d allowed nine runs (five earned) and 13 baserunners over 3⅓ innings, with seven walks to four strikeouts.
Johnson’s been a strange case, because the former South Carolina closer appeared to be on the fast track to the White Sox bullpen after being taken in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. Over his first three professional seasons, he posted a 2.28 ERA with 169 strikeouts against 45 walks over 114 innings. The only issue was a lat strain that cost him about half of the 2019 season, and the White Sox attempted to install some mechanical changes to his crossfire delivery that taxed that particular part of his body.
Unfortunately, the pandemic means that Johnson only has two small samples to show for that work, neither of which are encouraging:
- 2019 AFL: 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 3 K
- 2021 AAA: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 4 K
This isn’t necessarily a big year for Johnson, because the previously outrighted Ryan Burr is hanging out in the White Sox bullpen to illustrate the value of a hot run plus timing. But even if he doesn’t have to find his way back to the fast track, it’d be helpful for him to be simply available.
Charlotte 4, Nashville 0
- Luis González went 1-for-3 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
- Brian Goodwin was 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout.
- Jake Burger, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Jonathan Stiever’s best start of the season: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
- Jace Fry: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Birmingham 10, Tennessee 9
- Romy Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, an HBP and two stolen bases.
- Micker Adolfo doubled, walked and struck out thrice.
- Carlos Pérez went 1-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
- Ti’Quan Forbes was 0-for-3 with an HBP and two strikeouts.
- Jason Bilous: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
*Not sure if it’s cruel to look at Alec Hansen’s game logs at this point, but here’s another one only he could pull off. After getting a grounder to third (error), strikeout and lineout over his first three batters, he walked the next four batters, and all of them ended up scoring. His line: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K.
Greensboro 7, Winston-Salem 2
- Yolbert Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Luis Curbelo, 1-for-4 with a K.
- Duke Ellis was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
- Isaiah Carranza: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
- Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- Luke Shilling: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Kannapolis 5, Fayetteville 4
- José Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with a K.
- Chase Krogman was 2-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
- Luis Mieses was 1-for-3 with a K.
- Bryan Ramos, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Harvin Mendoza was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Caberea Weaver went 0-for-2
- James Beard replaced him, walking and striking out in his two trips.
I read that Engel might be back Tuesday vs Blue Jays. I hope the fact that he did not play last night does not mean anything that might delay that.
You have to believe Jace Fry is not far from coming back, either. 5th scoreless appearance for Charlotte, he’s surely better than their struggling relievers like Marshall already. Would be great if both these guys are back within a week.
No worries on Engel, in starting lineup Sunday vs Tigers!
Stiever stymied the streaking Sounds? Zounds!