O's Johnson set to pitch back-to-back days

O's Johnson set to pitch back-to-back days

BALTIMORE -- Jim Johnson is scheduled to throw in Saturday's Double-A game with the Bowie Baysox, his second consecutive day pitching on rehab.

Johnson's on the 60-day disabled list -- he's been out since May 28 with elbow inflammation -- and manager Buck Showalter said that if the Orioles' game ends early enough at Camden Yards, he might go down to Bowie and watch.

In addition, Showalter said Johnson is scheduled to throw back-to-back again on Tuesday and Wednesday. That comes after two days off, and the Orioles will take a hard look at his situation at that point.

"If that goes well, it becomes a baseball decision," Showalter said. "That's the plan right now. It could change, depending on how things go tonight. It's not a pure September 1 thing."

Since Johnson's on the 60-day DL, the Orioles would have to make a move on the 40-man roster to put him back on. Showalter indicated the team could then put Jason Berken on the 60-day.