The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Wednesday they have claimed right-handed pitcher Brooks Brown from the Colorado Rockies, and designated right-handed pitcher Jim Johnson for assignment.
The 30-year-old Brown appeared in 36 games this year while battling inflammation in his right shoulder. He went 1-4 with a 3.97 ERA, 4.26 FIP, and 1.46 WHIP. Brown, drafted 34th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006, debuted with the Rockies last season.
As for Johnson, he was acquired by the Dodgers from the Atlanta Braves just before the trade deadline as they looked to address their starting rotation and bullpen needs in complex trades with the Braves and Miami Marlins.
Johnson pitched well with the Braves, posting a 2.25 ERA, 3.24 FIP, and 1.23 FIP. However, he struggled mightily with the Dodgers. In 23 appearances with Los Angeles, the former All-Star went 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA, 5.01 FIP, and 2.04 WHIP.
Because of his struggles, the club sent Johnson home before officially announcing their postseason roster. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said it would be unfair to keep a veteran like Johnson in Arizona when considering he didn’t factor into their plans, even with the possibility of a reliever getting injured.