Closer Jim Johnson looks good in second consecutive appearance

March 31, 2012|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

If you are looking for a little good Orioles’ news, here you go.

Closer Jim Johnson, who had been dealing with back issues, pitched in consecutive games for the first time this spring and looked pretty good. In fact, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it is the best he has looked this month.

Johnson walked a batter, struck out one and got two groundouts. He threw 19 pitches, 10 for strikes, and his fastball was clocked at 94, 95 mph.

“There was some unknown, he went through a little bit of an offseason that he has never done before,” Showalter said. “Like I said before, I always feel like he is going to get there, it was just a matter of time. And that was real encouraging today.”

Johnson has thrown eight spring innings, allowed seven hits, six walks and struck out five.

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