Before making history in London on Saturday, the Red Sox placed left-hander Brian Johnson on the 10-day injured list due to a “non-baseball related medical matter that was discovered during routine testing by the club’s medical staff.”
In a corresponding move, right-hander Hector Velazquez was activated from the 10-day injured list.
Also, first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis was added to Boston’s roster to serve as the 26th man for the London Series, while catcher Oscar Hernandez traveled with the team to serve as catching depth. The club made the transactions official earlier Saturday.
Per the release, Johnson should be able to pitch again this season, although it’s not clear what the non-medical issue is exactly.
Through seven appearances (two starts) this season, the 28-year-old has posted a 6.43 ERA and .349 batting average against over 14 innings pitched. From April 6th to June 14th, Johnson missed 61 games due to inflammation in his throwing elbow.
Velazquez, meanwhile, was activated from the 10-day IL after missing exactly 10 days with a lower back strain suffered in that 17-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins back on June 18th. It’s the second time this year the 30-year-old has dealt with lower back issues.
In 19 outings (seven starts) so far in 2019, Velazquez owns an ERA of 5.59 and batting average against of .255 through 38 2/3 total innings of work.