Jim Johnson has kept out of the headlines this spring. That’s how he likes it.

Last year, Johnson set a team record and led major league baseball with 51 saves. He’s back, and so are nearly all of the regular relievers he worked with last season.

It looks as if Johnson will be joined by Pedro Strop, Luis Ayala, Darren O’Day, Tommy Hunter, Troy Patton and Brian Matusz. For the moment, at least, it’s probable that T.J. McFarland, a Rule 5 draft pick will join them.

“It’s a group that all works together,” Johnson said.

“There’s always going to be small changes. Kevin Gregg’s not here. [Matt] Lindstrom’s not here. You’re talking about seven guys and the majority are still there.”

Most of the time even successful teams switch relievers. Manager Buck Showalter is comfortable with its familiarity.

“It was a good bullpen last year in a very volatile part of the game,” Showalter said.

“Bullpens always have fluctuation.”

Last year, Johnson, O’Day, Ayala and Strop were healthy all year long, Showalter used them and mixed in some others, but he was fortunate that those key four stayed healthy.