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May 29, 2010

JJ called up, placed on major league DL

Orioles reliever Jim Johnson, who is nursing an elbow injury and not expected back anytime soon, was called up and placed on the 15-day disabled list.

It is pretty much a paper move, but it does carry ramifications for Johnson, who will accrue major league service time and big-league wages while he is on the DL. If he returns at some point in July, that's not that big of a deal. If he needs Tommy John surgery and is out all of next year, that will be a big deal because that's another year closer to free agency.

It sounds like the Orioles and Johnson's agent, Michael Moye, worked out a deal because Johnson had been on the minor league disabled list.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 1:12 PM | | Comments (4)


It also gives the Orioles another player they can use to open up a spot on the 40 man roster by moving him to the 60-day DL.

They can also move him to the 60 day DL now and create a spot on the 40 man roster.

Jeff Z's reply: Yes, they can. Good point.

Wish i had a job where I be off for 60 days and even have someone get me a raise for it! MLB players are sooooooo overpaid. How can the "system" bring ball players back into some reasonable pay scale?

If you worked for the most incompetent team in baseball you'd milk them for every penny too. I can't see how anyone can complain about JJ, at least he tries. Atkins has been stealing money all year.

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