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Bryan Johns is ready to go as soon as he gets a call.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Bryan Johns was watching TV around 10:30 p.m. Monday, enjoying a day off for his Greenville team, when he got the call that he'd been promoted to Salem to replace injured shortstop Deven Marrero.
Johns, always happy to move up a level, was in the Roanoke Valley the next day.
His possessions? Well, those tend to be a little less mobile.
"Most of my stuff's still in Greenville," Johns said after Thursday's win over Wilmington. "I just packed clothes, an air mattress, some blankets. But everything else - my bed, the rest of my clothes, lamps, dishes - all that stuff's still there."
Professional baseball players are used to the nomadic lifestyle. Even if they stay in one place the whole season, they spend half the summer on the road.
But if they're going to switch teams, they'd rather it happen when they're at home.
Last year, outfielder Matty Johnson was on a road trip with rookie-level Lowell on a rehab assignment when he learned he'd been promoted back to Salem.
So long, accoutrements - at least temporarily.
"Whoever you were living with, they usually get a roommate to pack it for you," Johnson said. "They take it to the field and [the Red Sox] send it to us. We don't really have to worry about it.
"Eventually, it gets to you."
In Johns' case, it might not be worth bringing possessions up here. Marrero will be eligible to come off the DL early next week, and that could mean more roster shuffling.
Johns is used to that. The Vanderbilt alum spent time in Greenville, Salem and Double-A Portland last year. His versatility makes him an attractive option when teams need players.
So for now, he'll crash in the living room of a place shared by catcher Blake Swihart and pitchers Matty Ott and Michael McCarthy.
"I'm pretty good adapting to whatever," said Johns, who lined a double off the wall in his first Salem at-bat Tuesday. "I've got a place to sleep and it's comfortable, so I'm cool with the way it is now."
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