Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 8 minutes ago

Johnson got the start in right field on Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a solo home run off Jays closer Miguel Castro to send the game into extra innings.

It was Johnson's second home run of the season. He's already added outfield eligibility to his CV in leagues with a five-game threshold, and is becoming a semi-regular part of the Braves' rag-tag lineup. Despite his limited upside, he could be worth an add in deeper formats.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 1 week ago

Johnson is out of the Braves' lineup Wednesday against Miami, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Surprisingly, Johnson was included in manager Fredi Gonzalez's lineups for the first two games, finishing 0-for-5 with two walks and a run scored. Gonzalez has been adamant that there will be a "soft platoon" in left field, with Jonny Gomes drawing the starts against all lefties and some right-handers. Gomes is getting the start Wednesday against a right-hander (Tom Koehler), but it does seem as though Johnson will be involved fairly often early on.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 3 weeks ago

Johnson was added to the Braves' 25-man roster Tuesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Although Johnson has fared well at the plate this spring (.273/.396/.523), it was ultimately his defensive versatility that landed him a bench role with Atlanta. The 33-year-old can play first base, second base, third, and left field. Last season, Johnson hit just .215/.296/.362 between New York, Boston and Baltimore, and in a reserve role, won't have much fantasy utility outside of very deep NL-only leagues.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 1 month ago

Johnson went 2-for-2 with two singles and two walks in the Braves' 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins on Thursday.

A non-roster invitee to major league camp, Johnson has picked it up of late following a slow start to spring ball, reaching base four times Thursday after hitting a double and a homer in his previous two games. The 33-year-old Johnson is fighting for a bench role alongside Joe Terdoslavich, Zoilo Almonte, Eury Perez and Todd Cunningham, specifically a job as a backup corner outfielder and infielder. Terdoslavich had a team-high 11 strikeouts for the spring entering Friday. Phil Gosselin is already penciled in for a backup infield spot, though he can also play some outfield.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 3 months ago

Johnson agreed to a minor league contract with a spring training invite with the Braves, Mark Bowman of reports.

Johnson spent 2014 with three different AL East clubs, splitting major league time with the Red Sox, Yankees, and Orioles as he slashed a line of .215/.296/.362 in 106 games. The Braves have some infield depth, and given the 32-year-old's struggles at the major league level over the past few seasons--he hasn't hit above .235 since 2010, he could begin the season in the minors though he'll get the chance to crack the big league roster in the spring.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 7 months ago

Johnson is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Johnson started the last four games, but he will be held out Saturday with the Orioles starting nine right-handed hitters against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. Jonathan Schoop will get the start at second base Saturday, and Alexi Casilla will man the hot corner.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 7 months ago

Johnson went 3-for-5 with a home run in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Johnson had not started since September 15, and he may have done himself a favor in hopes of making the team's post-season roster. Johnson is battling for an infield spot with Jimmy Paredes and Ryan Flaherty, according to MASN Sports. Johnson has made seven starts in the month of September since joining the Orioles and his .217/.296/.370 slash line on the season is not impressive next to Paredes, who has surged since joining the Orioles in late-August.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 7 months ago

Johnson will make his first start for the Orioles Wednesday, MASN Sports reports.

Johnson will play third base for Baltimore. He figures to split time with Jimmy Paredes and Ryan Flaherty at third base for the remainder of the season. Johnson enters the game with a .212/.290/.354 line while splitting time with the Yankees and Red Sox this season, prior to Saturday's trade to Baltimore.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 8 months ago

Johnson was traded to the Orioles on Saturday, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Johnson was part of a trade that also sent minor league pitcher Michael Almanzar to the Orioles in exchange for Jemile Weeks and Ivan DeJesus Jr. He will presumably take over third base for the Orioles, who recently lost Manny Machado for the season, allowing Chris Davis to move back to first base or DH. Johnson is batting .160 with just one RBI in 25 at-bats in August for the Red Sox.

Kelly Johnson 1B/3B ATL 8 months ago

Johnson (groin) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Alex Speier of reports.

Johnson was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade that sent Stephen Drew to the Yankees. He will take the roster spot of Mookie Betts, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. Johnson's playing time may be limited with his new team, however, as the team already has Will Middlebrooks and Brock Holt at third base and Dustin Pedroia at second.