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Red Sox Minor Lines: Brian Johnson leaves early

Brian Johnson gets hurt, Rafael Devers keeps hitting.

Pawtucket W 6-4

Rusney Castillo: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K

Ryan Court: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Steve Selsky: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Bryce Brentz: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Blake Swihart: 0-4, 1 K

Brian Johnson: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Chandler Shepherd: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Noe Ramirez: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

The plan was for Johnson to make this start and then take a couple extra days of rest before making his next start for the big-league club at Fenway next weekend. Unfortunately, plans don’t always go according to....plan. In the second inning of this outing, Johnson felt a pop in his calf and was forced out of the game. Although he was able to leave under his own power, it seems unlikely he’ll be able to make that spot start. The Red Sox wisely didn’t want to let him sit for two weeks between starts, so they had to put him out there for this start. Things took a turn for the worse, though. We’ll keep you updated on his status.

Portland G1 L 1-5

Danny Mars: 1-3, 1 K

Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-3

Rafael Devers: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Nick Longhi: 0-3, 1 K

Travis Lakins: 4 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 K

Portland G2 W 2-0

Danny Mars: 1-4, 1 K

Rafael Devers: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K

Nick Longhi: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K

Josh Tobias: 2-3

A big double-header for Devers, who continues to roll at the plate and look good against Double-A hitting despite being just 20 years old. I’ll be interested to see whether or not they give him a promotion to Pawtucket this summer before giving him a taste of the majors. Meanwhile, Lakins continues to struggle in his transition to Double-A. It’s not overly surprising, but it’d still be nice to see a strong outing at some point soon.

Salem L 3-13

Tate Matheny: 0-4, 1 K

Michael Chavis: 0-4, 1 K

Josh Ockimey: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Trenton Kemp: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 K

Austin Rei: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Austin Glorius: 1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 0 K

A rough day down in Salem for everyone, and that includes Ockimey. The first baseman’s hitless game snaps his 16-game hit streak. I can’t read or count, apparently. Ockimey did have a hit and his hit streak is now up to 18. Glorius has intriguing stuff out of the bullpen, but the results haven’t quite been there so far this year.

Greenville L 0-5

Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-3, 1 K

Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 K

Yeah, this Greenville team needs a spark. Cedrola and Hill are emerging as two of my favorite players in the system — although I haven’t had a chance to see the former yet — but an injection of fresh blood onto this roster would make it more interesting for all of us.