Steve Johnson OriolesBaltimore native and fan favorite Steve Johnson is back in the big leagues. Well, he will be on Saturday at least.

O’s skipper Buck Showalter confirmed that Johnson will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk for the O’s second game of three in Minnesota. Johnson has made three starts with the Tides, he’s 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA. He surrendered four runs over 5 innings in his first start at Charlotte, but has only given up two in each of his last two starts. Against Buffalo on May 6, Johnson struck out eight and walked one in his 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Johnson pitched primary in relief for the Orioles in 2012. He appeared in eight games out of the pen and pitched to a 1.10 ERA in 16 1/3 innings pitched. In his four starts, Johnson was 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA over 22 innings pitched.

He definitely won’t overpower hitters, Johnson’s fastball clocks in at an average velocity of 89.90 MPH, but he’s very pitch efficient and commands the strikezone (2.56 K/BB, 10.8 K/9 in 2012).

I’m looking forward to watching Johnson pitch as the Orioles continue to shuffle their rotation. (Is it 2012 all over again? Hopefully.) Down the stretch, I always felt comfortable when Johnson came into games and am excited to see him get a chance in the rotation this weekend.