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Johnson could be used in multi-inning stints this season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "That's something we have spoken about, with (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell), and I think it's a good thing," manager Fredi Gonzales said. "(Johnson) wants to do it. That gives you nice little flexibility. You can't do it three days in a row. You might go an inning and a third, or an inning and two-thirds. But it gives you a little flexibility that he can do that."

Johnson, who led the majors in saves from 2012-13 with 101, has worked exclusively in one-inning stints with the big club so far this spring. However, he made a two-inning appearance on the minor league side last week, and he's scheduled to pitch more than one inning Saturday. The 31-year-old right-hander struggled mightily in 54 appearances between Oakland and Detroit last season (7.09 ERA), but he will look to recoup some value with Atlanta this year before hitting the open market again in the winter.

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Johnson made his Tigers debut Sunday, giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, striking out one while recording just two outs.

The location changes but the results remain the same for Johnson, who also didn't pitch all that great at Triple-A Toledo before getting called up by the Tigers.

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Johnson has been called up by the Tigers, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.

Despite a 5.79 ERA over four appearances with Toledo, Johnson is taking over the roster spot of Melvin Mercedes. The Tigers will likely break him in middle relief, with the hope that he can rediscover his pre-2014 form.

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Johnson is on the verge of being recalled from Triple-A Toledo, but the Tigers instead elected to recall Melvin Mercedes prior to Thursday's game, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

It seems Johnson needs at least one more outing at Toledo before Detroit will be fully confident in adding them to their bullpen mix. The right-handed reliever has already made three appearances for Toledo, allowing one earned run over 3.2 innings. His most recent outing was his best, as Johnson struck out one batter over two perfect innings. He'll be in the mix by the end of the season, but likely in a sixth or seventh inning role.

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The Tigers expect to stick to their plan on building up Johnson in Triple-A Toledo this week, even with Joakim Soria going on the DL.

Kevin Whelan was called up Sunday night, but the next callup could be Ian Krol or Justin Miller before Johnson.

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Johnson signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

It was believed that if no franchise extended more than a minor league deal, Johnson would return to his previous organization with the Orioles. However, the Tigers' standing couldn't be higher at the moment following the acquisition of David Price at the trade deadline. Johnson will certainly have to prove his worth at Triple-A Toledo, after posting a hideous 7.14 ERA, 2.058 WHIP, and 28:23 K:BB in 40.1 innings with the Athletics prior to his release Friday. However, Detroit's bullpen boasts the third-worst ERA (4.53) in all of MLB in 2014, which could result in a late-inning role by the time rosters expand in September.

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Athletics designated RHP Jim Johnson for assignment.

Oakland GM Billy Beane made a rare mistake this winter when he traded for Johnson and his $10 million salary for 2014. The right-hander had poor peripherals in Baltimore despite his dominant save totals and wound up posting a brutal 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings with the A's. Johnson should latch on with a new team pretty quickly as a reclamation project, but he's probably done getting save opportunities.

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins "remain interested" in Jim Johnson.

The Marlins nearly completed a deal for Johnson last month before opting for Bryan Morris instead. However, it appears they haven't given up on acquiring the struggling former closer, with Spencer saying the club has discussed sending pitching prospect Adam Conley to Oakland for the reliever. Johnson holds a 6.25 ERA with 23 walks in 40 innings this season and is making $10 million. The A's will have to pick up the bulk of the remainder of his contract in any trade.

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According to John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune, the Athletics remain eager to find a new home for former closer Jim Johnson.

The catch, is that the A's don't want to have to eat any of Johnson's $10 million contract. With a 6.25 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 28/23 K/BB ratio through his 40 1/3 innings on the season, it's unlikely that any interested parties are going to come calling to acquire the veteran right-hander's services.

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins nearly completed a trade for Jim Johnson before deciding to deal for Bryan Morris instead.

The deal would have been for the club's competitive balance pick -- No. 39 overall -- which they wound up trading for Morris. The A's would have included cash in the deal to cover some of Johnson's $10 million salary. An A's source told Rosenthal that the club isn't looking to move Johnson, but the Marlins "approached them about a trade while aggressively pursuing bullpen help last weekend." Johnson's role with the A's in currently in flux.