Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 2 Months

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Johnson helped the Braves avoid falling to .500, knocking in two with a single in the fourth inning and another with a single in the eighth. It was more than enough for Gavin Floyd and the bullpen. Johnson has had multiple hits in seven of his last 11 games, and is now slashing .278/.297/.359 with 20 RBI overall.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 2 Months

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with two RBI against the Rockies on Monday.

Even with a .260 average, Johnson has been one of the league's worst regulars this year thanks to his usual subpar defense, a pathetic walk rate (60/5 K/BB in 231 AB) and very limited power (11 doubles, zero triples, two homers). At least he was okay tonight, though.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 3 Months

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Rockies on Sunday.

The homer was just Johnson's second this year and his first since the third game of the season. It's been a disappointing season for the third baseman after a breakout 2013, as he's hitting .264/.286/.354 with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored in 48 games. He's not a mixed league entity at this stage of the season.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 3 Months

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

All three hits were singles. Johnson had entered Thursday's game with one hit in his previous five games spanning 21 plate appearances. After hitting a robust .321 last season, Johnson is only hitting .266 with the second month of the season nearly complete.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 4 Months

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Johnson had one of three hits off Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons, and against reliever Pat Neshek he broke a 1-1 tie with an opposite field single. His hits have come in bursts -- he's got three multi-hit performances and five hitless games in his last eight starts -- and the third baseman is hitting .246/.275/.325 overall this year.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 4 Months

Chris Johnson finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Braves' loss to the Giants on Saturday.

Johnson is now batting .235/.269/.324 in 28 games this season. He had a very good 2013, but that kind of offensive production never seemed sustainable and the 29-year-old third baseman is regressing in a major way right now. It was odd timing that the Braves signed him to a three-year, $23.5 million contract this week.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 4 Months

Braves signed 3B Chris Johnson to a three-year, $23.5 million contract extension.

The deal also includes a $10 million option for 2018, so the Braves will have bought out one and possibly two years of free agency. Johnson earned the extension last season with a .321/.358/.457 batting line with 12 homers and 68 RBI. He's off to a .255/.290/.351 start this season, but the Braves obviously think he's capable of being closer to the 2013 version.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 4 Months

Chris Johnson, with the ink still wet on his three-year extension with the Braves, went 3-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

Johnson became the sixth player the Braves have signed to an extension lately. No doubt his .321 average had a lot to do with that. He hasn't had anywhere that kind of success at the plate this season, as his average is only up to .255 following his performance Thursday. While he should be expected to trend upwards offensively in the coming months, it's not likely he'll match his mark set last season.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 4 Months

Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that the Braves are nearing a contract extension with Chris Johnson.

Dierkes says the deal will extend the Braves' control of Johnson beyond his arbitration years. The financials are not yet known. The third baseman is making $4.75 million this season and had been set to hit free agency after the 2016 campaign. Johnson had a career year in 2013 with the Braves, batting .321/.358/.457 with 12 homers and 68 RBI. The timing of the extension is interesting given that he's off to a .231/.260/.330 start this season.

Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL 4 Months

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Mets.

Johnson has had a slow start to the season, but he now has two three-hit games in his last three games. The 29-year-old might not duplicate the .321 batting average he had last season, especially if he continues to strike out at this early pace, but he hits plenty of line drives and uses the whole field. It should help him come pretty close to another .300 season.