Johnson looks good in 'pen session for Tigers

Reliever will begin comeback at Triple-A Toledo after inking Minors contract

Johnson looks good in 'pen session for Tigers

NEW YORK -- Jim Johnson made a pitstop at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday to throw a bullpen in front of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones.

And while this was just a bullpen, the Tigers have been encouraged from what they have seen while scouting Johnson, and his session on Wednesday.

"He looked good, he was strong, looked very similar to the guy that we've seen over the past few years," Ausmus said. "And I think he's anxious to get out and face some hitters."

Johnson will get that chance at Triple-A Toledo, where he's expected to make a couple outings before being promoted to the Majors.

The Tigers signed Johnson to a Minor League contract on Tuesday, giving him another chance to return to the form that made him one of the league's best relievers. He posted back-to-back seasons with 50 saves in 2012 and '13 for Baltimore, but he had a 7.14 ERA during 38 games with Oakland this year before his release.

Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.