Rockies RHP Johnson set for major league debut
Alan Johnson will make his major league debut Sunday when the Colorado Rockies wrap up their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs, provided he's not needed out of the bullpen Saturday night.
In that case, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said the club would have to call up right-hander Clayton Mortensen, acquired from Oakland in January. The 26-year-old Mortensen is 2-4 in eight major league appearances with St. Louis and the Athletics.
Johnson, 27, has spent six-plus seasons in the minor leagues, going 56-42 with a 4.55 ERA. The right-hander made one start at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, allowing no earned runs in five innings.
The Rockies need a spot starter because of their doubleheader with the New York Mets on Thursday.