Giants Activate Randy Johnson to Pitch Out of Bullpen
"It's a golden bullet for us," starter Barry Zito said. "We're excited."
The Giants had not planned to active Johnson until this weekend, at the earliest, but they changed course on Tuesday because right-hander Justin Miller was still bothered by a sore elbow. Miller was placed on the 60-day disabled list, ending his season.
Johnson, 46, has made 10 regular season relief appearances in his career. He said he'd be able to adjust to the new role, including getting loose quickly.
It is unclear just how the Giants would use Johnson initially. Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt has pitched well this year, so at best Johnson would become the No. 2 lefty in the bullpen.