Red Sox grant release to Brian Johnson

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Brian Johnson is free to sign with any other team.

The left-handed pitcher was granted his release by the organization on Monday after returning to his Florida home from the Red Sox' alternate training site at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

“Chaim (Bloom) came out with what’s kind of going on with him," manager Ron Roenicke told reporters. "He just felt like that he wanted an opportunity. Sometimes you need to go to other places to have a better opportunity, so he asked for his released. Chaim did not want to keep him from an opportunity that he could get back to the big leagues, although we would like to have him here for depth, that’s a decision that Brian wanted.”

Johnson appeared in just 21 games in 2019, making seven starts while battling injuries and an ailment. The previous season Johnson as a key component in the Red Sox' world championship run, pitching in 38 games including 12 starts, posting a 4.17 ERA.

The Red Sox recently recalled Dylan Covey to their pitching staff, having sent down Ryan Weber.