Johnson, Owens could get opportunities soon

Johnson, Owens could get opportunities soon

BOSTON -- The struggling Joe Kelly will take his next turn in the Red Sox's rotation on Saturday against the Rays, but manager John Farrell hinted there could be some opportunities in the near future for prospects Brian Johnson and Henry Owens.

Farrell said there could be some reshuffling following Monday's off-day, which leads into a three-game series against the Yankees.

"As we're taking a look at Jackie [Bradley Jr.], our goal and our intent is to see Brian Johnson and probably Henry Owens at some point," said Farrell. "All that is on the horizon."

Johnson, Boston's No. 4 prospect, made his Major League debut in Houston on July 21, but he was optioned to Triple-A the next day. Johnson is 9-6 with a 2.54 ERA at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Top Prospects: Owens, BOS

Owens, the team's No. 5 prospect, has yet to pitch in the Majors. The lefty is 3-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 20 starts for Pawtucket.

If Owens or Johnson gets called up, Kelly or knuckleballer Steven Wright could move to the bullpen.

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