By Mike Harrington
Following Wednesday's 4-3, 10-inning win over Tampa Bay, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that right-hander Josh Johnson's injury rehabilitation assignment has been transferred from Class A Dunedn to Buffalo and that Johnson will start Saturday at 1:05 against the Indianapolis Indians in Coca-Cola Field.
The Blue Jays placed Johnson on the disabled list on May 2 retroactive to April 29 with right triceps inflammation. He made his first MLB rehab start with Dunedin on Monday and allowed one run on three hits in three innings of work. He struck out five with no walks.
In four starts with the Blue Jays this season, Johnson is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 19 innings. The two-time National League All-Star was acquired by Toronto during its epic, 12-player trade last winter with the Miami Marlins. The righty collected double-digit win totals with Florida in 2009 (15-5) and 2010 (11-6).
The Bisons and IL-leading Indians open a four-game series Thursday night at 7 with Justin Germano scheduled to start for Buffalo. In either Friday night's game or Saturday against Johnson, Indianapolis is slated to start 22-year-old right-hander Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 overall pick by Pittsburgh in the 2011 draft out of UCLA.
Both teams were off Wednesday. Indy has the best record in the IL at 32-15 and leads Columbus by 3 1/2 games in the IL West. The Bisons (26-18) and Pawtucket (27-19) are in a virtual tie atop the North.