Chris Johnson 3B ATL 4 days ago

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that he will not employ a strict platoon at third base at the start of the season, MLB.com reports. "You pick your spots with kind of like soft platoons," Gonzalez said. "You pick your best eight [position players] every single day. Some days, you go with a matchup. Sometimes you feel that even though he's right-handed [and you're facing a right-hander], if you feel like he can give you some good at-bats, you go with it. For me, it's not a strict platoon situation. We'll play it by ear."

A year after finishing as the runner-up for the NL batting title on the strength of a .300 average against right-handed pitching (384 at-bats), Johnson posted just a .263 overall average in 2014, with his mark against right-handers falling all the way down to .231 (468 at-bats). Johnson has adjusted his batting stance this spring, lowering his hands a bit, and he's seen results so far. Johnson has five hits, including a homer, in his last six Grapefruit League at-bats. While Johnson will be the primary option at third, he will likely sit against especially tough right-handers, opening the door for Alberto Callaspo or perhaps Kelly Johnson to see some opportunities.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 3 weeks ago

Johnson (wrist) is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

He has been ailing with a sore left wrist, but it does not sound major and he should get plenty of at-bats this spring in order to be ready for Opening Day.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 3 weeks ago

Johnson is dealing with some left wrist soreness and was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League game, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Johnson was feeling a little fatigued after getting in some extra hitting during Friday's off day, so the Braves will let him rest Saturday with the hope that the issue subsides. He could return to the Braves' lineup as soon as Sunday.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 1 month ago

Johnson's teammate, Alberto Callaspo, is expected to see time at third base during spring training, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.It was generally assumed that Callaspo was brought in to fill the team's hole at second base, but it's now sounding like he could work himself into some sort of timeshare at the hot corner with Johnson. The 30-year-old Johnson posted a dismal .231/.256/.314 batting line against right-handed pitching last season, though the switch-hitting Callapso wasn't much better at .238/.303/.313. Callaspo may still see some time at the keystone, but the possibility of him playing at third base hurts what marginal appeal Johnson had in NL-only formats.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 6 months ago

Johnson was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Braves' win over Philadelphia on Friday night.

While his average has dropped off considerably compared to his huge season in 2013 (.265 as opposed to .321), he now has 10 home runs and 58 RBI which aren't that far off his career year.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 6 months ago

Johnson (back) is back in the lineup Friday against the Phillies.

Johnson exited Wednesday's game with a lower-back strain, and missed Thursday's contest due to the injury. He expected to be back Friday, and it appears that is the case as he will man the hot corner and bat seventh for the Braves.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 6 months ago

Johnson (back) expects to return to the action Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Johnson hoped to return Thursday after suffering a lower back strain in Wednesday's game, but he'll be held out as a precaution. Barring a setback, expect him to be back in the fold Friday in Philadelphia.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 6 months ago

Johnson (back) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

Johnson was hoping to play Thursday despite suffering a lower-back strain Wednesday night, but the Braves will take precaution and hold him out of the lineup for at least one game. Phil Gosselin takes over at third base.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 6 months ago

Johnson (back) hopes he will be able to play in Thursday's game, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Johnson was removed from Wednesday's game with a strained back, but it does not appear the injury is overly serious. Johnson's status for Thursday's game will be confirmed when the Braves release their starting lineup prior to the contest.

Chris Johnson 3B ATL 6 months ago

Johnson left Wednesday's game with lower-back strain, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Johnson doubled to left in the bottom of the fourth inning, his second double of the game, but was replaced at third by Phil Gosselin to begin the sixth. The team lists Johnson as just day-to-day, but it seems like something that could at least limit Johnson a bit over the final four games of the season.