Johnson to pitch in Hagerstown tomorrow in first rehab start
Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dave Johnson will make his first start on rehabilitation assignment tomorrow night for the Hagerstown Suns, who play at home against the Williamsport Mets in a Class AA Eastern League game.
He basically will be on his own in his first step toward recovery from an injured groin muscle.
"He knows a lot about himself," said pitching coach Al Jackson. "This is not his first time around the block. He can go as long as he can, whatever feels good to him."
Johnson said: "It's just a matter of making sure everything goes all right the first time out there. The pitch count is not a big deal. I should be able to go five or six innings."
The plan is for Johnson to throw on the side in Baltimore, then return to Hagerstown on Sunday for another start against the London Tigers.
Segui re-injures ankle
A brush with the left-field wall in the sixth inning yesterday left David Segui with a re-sprain of his left ankle.
But he said it was nothing major.
"I just came down on it again. Funny, I decided not to wear high tops because the ankle was getting stiff in them," he said. "The lows didn't work."
Segui made a leaping catch of Wade Boggs' drive and also took a drive by Jack Clark off the fence in left-center in the second inning.
"The wind was taking that one away from me," he said. "I had to run hard just to catch up with it."
Brady Anderson replaced him in the seventh.
Dwight Evans missed the series against his old Boston teammates, and his status remains "every 24 hours," manager John Oates said. "He's still not ready."
The club is attempting to schedule Evans for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test on his left Achilles' tendon either today or tomorrow.
Brian DuBois, who has been on the disabled list all season after an elbow operation last year, will work out with the team during the homestand. He threw yesterday before the game. . . . The Red Sox have lost their past 11 series finales and 6 of their past 7 games overall. Their 4 1/2 -game deficit to Toronto in the AL East is their biggest of the season. . . . The 3-game series drew 139,634, the third-highest total in Memorial Stadium history. . . . Rick Forney of Annapolis High and Anne Arundel CC pitched a 5-inning no-hitter for the Orioles' Gulf Coast League Sarasota team in his second professional appearance last week. . . . Boggs left yesterday's game after the sixth with a stiff back.