Finally Orioles Give Steve Johnson Another Shot

May 11, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Steve Johnson (52) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

I have been rooting for Steve Johnson to get another shot with the big club.  After his standout performance in 2012 where he was 4-0 with an ERA of 2.11, he was bit with the injury bug and became the forgotten man in the organization.  That is surprising given the Orioles background of his father Dave Johnson — but his connections certainly did not lead to any favored status for his son.  Steve doesn’t have the WOW factor of dominating stuff, but he has always known how to pitch and demonstrated the competitiveness to pitch consistently when healthy.  I think the Orioles were too slow to pull the trigger on using him this year.  I liked Steve’s quote when he was brought up: “You know if you pitch well long enough eventually they will call your name if they like you,” Johnson said. “And that’s all I kept telling myself, if I pitched well long enough, they’ll hopefully give me a call. And it finally happened and I’m pretty happy about it.”  You can tell that he thought his opportunity was long overdue as well.  He came back from his oblique setback on July 4.  Hope that he stays healthy and demonstrates that he belongs in the majors.