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Johnson, Semien to be among four Tuesday callups

Johnson, Semien to be among four Tuesday callups

Johnson, Semien to be among four Tuesday callups

NEW YORK -- When White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked if he could provide the names of Tuesday's Minor League callups, he smiled and said that clubhouse manager Vince Fresso could do the honors.

The secret basically was revealed Monday morning, with clubhouse lockers set up for right-handed starter Erik Johnson, catcher Miguel Gonzalez, infielder Marcus Semien and right-handed reliever Daniel Webb. Semien, ranked No. 8 on MLB.com's White Sox Top 20 Prospects, figures to get a fair amount of chances at third base during the season's final month, but Johnson is the callup to watch closest.

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He already has made a case to be part of the 2014 White Sox rotation and could further that argument over the next few weeks. The 23-year-old Johnson certainly has left a positive impression in the minds of his teammates.

"I would say he throws all of his pitches for strikes. He goes right after every hitter," said White Sox reliever Jake Petricka. "He throws everything in the zone. He just demands your respect when he's on the mound. He's dominant.

"Consistent, just in the zone, attacks all the time. Just a strong guy."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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