mikezpen wrote:The Orioles burned out Greg Olsen by overwork and they're doing it to Johnson. It's not the number of innings they pitch; it's the fact that they do a lot of throwing w/o taking many days off.
If they get Johnson back, don't go running him out there 3 days in a row and 5 of 6. Let O'Day be the secondary closer.
Jim Johnson unlike Greg Olson was seen as a potential starter. Johnson's move to the pen and eventual position as a closer was more because in short stints he could get a quick ground ball or two and the occasional strike out. Olson was always going to be either a set up guy or closer. He was never seen as a big durable innings eater. Olson's health ultimately put an end to his career. However, you have to remember few closers are really durable for the long haul. Most flame out quickly.