Alex Cora: Brian Johnson's elbow injury ‘not as bad as we thought'


BOSTON — It looks like the Red Sox may have dodged a bullet with Brian Johnson’s elbow injury.

The left-handed reliever was placed on the injured list on Saturday due to left elbow inflammation. Johnson experienced discomfort during his relief outing vs. the Diamondbacks when he allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Before Tuesday’s Red Sox home opener, manager Alex Cora issued an encouraging update on Johnson.

“He went through tests, it’s not as bad as we thought it would be,” Cora said. “So now it’s just a matter to plan a map and go from there. At one point we thought, you know, that it was the end of the season and that’s not the case, so they’re gonna talk about it today what the plan is gonna be and we’ll get back to you with that.”

While there’s no timetable yet on Johnson’s return, the Red Sox can breathe sigh of a relief knowing his injury won’t be season-ending. The 28-year-old is an important piece to a Red Sox bullpen that already has its fair share of question marks and has proven to be a valuable commodity as a spot starter.

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