DETROIT -- The Tigers saw Jim Johnson throw his third outing for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, delivering two perfect innings with a strikeout in an 11-0 win over Indianapolis. Now they have a decision to make.
Wednesday was the final scheduled appearance for Johnson, who signed a Minor League contract with the Tigers last week after being released by the A's. The plan called for the Tigers to evaluate him after the three outings and determine the next step.
Detroit brought up a reliever from the Mud Hens Wednesday night, but it wasn't Johnson. Melvin Mercedes, who has alternated between closing and middle relief for Toledo this season, was promoted to take Buck Farmer's roster spot following his spot start.
That said, Johnson wouldn't necessarily have been available to pitch Thursday afternoon after two innings Wednesday night, even though he used just 18 pitches in the process.
Johnson might have revealed the Tigers' short-term decision after the game, telling John Wagner of the Toledo Blade that he felt he could use "at least one more game" in Toledo.
Johnson's Mud Hens tenure featured a rough debut, with two hits and two runs, one earned, in two-thirds of an inning, followed by three hitless innings since.
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