Jim Johnson helped get the A’s a win in 14 innings, even if he couldn’t finish.
There is no question that Jim Johnson hasn’t gotten much love in his first three months with the A’s.
Except from his teammates. They know what it’s like to struggle. They’ve all been there, and there hasn’t been any thought that Johnson hasn’t been doing everything he can to fight his way out of his struggles.
And the 2.1 innings of scoreless relief he threw Saturday was especially well thought of by the A’s.
Jim Johnson had another tough day coming out of the A’s bullpen Saturday.
On Friday, Eric O’Flaherty threw an inning of scoreless baseball for Stockton in the California League.
On Saturday, Jim Johnson came in with a man on for Oakland in Baltimore and gave up a two-run homer on his second pitch.
What do those two events have in common?
The A’s are willing to give up on Johnson, who has not come close to being the pitcher he was with the Orioles when he had back-to-back 50-save seasons. It’s not like that was eons ago, either, it was in 2012 and 2013. It’s just 2014 (3-2 with a 6.46 ERA) that has been a problem.