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Johnson to start Friday with E-Rod on DL

Lefty who threw shutout for Sox on May 27 to be recalled for 3rd time in 2017
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NEW YORK -- Brian Johnson will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket for the third time this season when he starts Friday night's home game against the Tigers in place of the injured Eduardo Rodriguez.

With Rodriguez out indefinitely with a right knee subluxation, Johnson's stint on the roster should last more than one start this time.

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NEW YORK -- Brian Johnson will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket for the third time this season when he starts Friday night's home game against the Tigers in place of the injured Eduardo Rodriguez.

With Rodriguez out indefinitely with a right knee subluxation, Johnson's stint on the roster should last more than one start this time.

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Johnson won his two spot starts this season, including a five-hit shutout against the Mariners during his last outing for the Red Sox on May 27 at Fenway Park.

There was some concern that Johnson, the Red Sox's No. 11 prospect, wouldn't be able to pitch on Friday after he left his last start for Pawtucket with cramping in his right hamstring.

"He got through his bullpen fine yesterday," said Red Sox manager John Farrell before Wednesday's game at Yankee Stadium. "He went through a battery of agility tests this morning and earlier today. He passed all those. So he's been notified and will be here to start on Friday. Brian comes to us with a little momentum and confidence after the game against Seattle."

As for Rodriguez, there is still no timetable on his return to action, though he did do some throwing on Wednesday for the first time since suffering his injury in Baltimore last week.

"He threw out to 120 feet of long toss, so that was encouraging," said Farrell. "And just subjectively, the stride length was similar to what he normally has. So those are good signs physically."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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