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August 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Brian Johnson promoted to Salem

Left-handed pitcher Brian Johnson has been promoted to the High A Salem Red Sox, reports Salem broadcaster Evan Lepler. Lepler also notes that Johnson will make his Salem debut tomorrow, which would have been his normal day to pitch in the Greenville rotation.

Johnson, the Red Sox second first-round selection in the 2012 draft, has been outstanding since his mid-July return from a shoulder injury. In six starts since his activation, the 6-foot-3 lefty has a 1.45 ERA and 0.806 WHIP in 31 innings. During that stretch he has 30 strikeouts, 11 walks, and has allowed just one home run. 

Overall with Greenville, Johnson had a 2.87 ERA in 15 starts, averaging a strikeout per inning. The former Florida Gator joins Salem as it makes a playoff push - it has a three game lead for the final Carolina League postseason spot with 11 games remaining.

To clear space on the Salem roster, pitcher Kyle Kraus was moved to the Greenville roster.

Photo Credit: Brian Johnson by Kelly O'Connor