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Charles Johnson | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (43) / 7/20/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Miami (FL)
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Devil Rays released catcher Charles Johnson.
Johnson remains a better bet than a few backups, but he might have as much trouble finding work as Benito Santiago has. He hit .196/.327/.283 in 46 AB for the Rays. Kevin Cash will take over as Toby Hall's backup. Mon, Jun 13, 2005 04:42:00 PM
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Charles Johnson returned to action today and went 0-for-3 before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

Johnson missed three games with a sore rigth shoulder.
Thu, Apr 28, 2005 03:37:00 PM

Charles Johnson (shoulder) is expected to start at catcher today for the Devil Rays.

Johnson's sore right shoulder has shown some major improvement over the last couple days.
Thu, Apr 28, 2005 09:03:00 AM

The MRI on Charles Johnson's shoulder revealed no damage.

He is considered day-to-day and traveled with the Devil Rays to Toronto.
Tue, Apr 26, 2005 09:29:00 AM

Charles Johnson left today's game in the third inning because of soreness in his right shoulder.

Toby Hall took over. Johnson is probably day-to-day.
Sun, Apr 24, 2005 06:13:00 PM

Charles Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double tonight against the Orioles.

Since the Rays exploded for 12 runs tonight, we wouldn't be surprised to see Johnson back in their tomorrow. He still shouldn't become the Rays' starting catcher at any point this season.
Thu, Apr 14, 2005 10:32:00 PM

Charles Johnson is expected to start at catcher today.

Toby Hall will get the day off. ``We've got to get him in the lineup,'' manager Lou Piniella said. ``He hasn't played in a while, and we can't wait much longer. Let's hope he swings the bat a little bit for us. We could use it.''
Thu, Apr 14, 2005 09:30:00 AM

Charles Johnson returned to the Devil Rays yesterday, but declined to explain the reason for his personal leave.

''Everything is great,'' Johnson said. ''I hated to leave. Now I'm here. I'm glad to be back here and try to help the team win games. I'm very confident I'll be here. I want to be here and I expect to be here.''
Wed, Apr 13, 2005 08:38:00 AM

Devil Rays activated catcher Charles Johnson from the restricted list.

Johnson figures to get his first start of the season later this week.
Tue, Apr 12, 2005 08:27:00 PM

The Devil Rays expect Charles Johnson to return to the team today.

Johnson asked for and was granted a leave of absence from the team last Wednesday for undisclosed reasons. Tim Laker will likely be sent down to make room for Johnson on the roster.
Tue, Apr 12, 2005 10:02:00 AM

Although they placed him on the restricted list today, the Rays are optimistic Charles Johnson will return next week.

Manager Lou Piniella said Johnson might return as soon as Tampa Bay's next series, which begins Tuesday. ''It looks like this will not be a long, drawn-out situation,'' GM Chuck LaMar said. ''I think in the next several days, he will get things resolved and be back with the club. ... He indicated he will be back here shortly, in the next few days.''
Fri, Apr 8, 2005 07:53:00 PM

Devil Rays placed catcher Charles Johnson on the restricted list.

The Rays don't yet know when Johnson will rejoin the team. He's in Miami handling a personal matter.
Fri, Apr 8, 2005 02:47:00 PM

Charles Johnson, who was expected to make his first start today, requested and was granted a leave of absence from the Devil Rays to handle a personal matter.

LaMar declined to discuss specifics of Johnson's request, but did say it was not a bereavement situation and that Johnson had not given any indications that he's considering retirement. If Johnson doesn't return after Thursday's off day, he'll be replaced on the restricted list. With Kevin Cash on the DL, the Rays would call up Pete LaForest to act as Toby Hall's backup.
Wed, Apr 6, 2005 04:27:00 PM

Devil Rays signed catcher Charles Johnson to a one-year contract.

Johnson will serve as Toby Hall's backup and could steal more playing time away from Hall than Kevin Cash would have. He may not hit .240, but he should show enough power to be a solid $1 catcher.
Mon, Apr 4, 2005 04:33:00 PM

Red Sox acquired C Charles Johnson, LHP Chris Narveson and cash considerations from the Rockies for RHP Byung-Hyun Kim; designated Johnson for assignment.

Johnson is set to make more than Kim this season, so the included cash will even things up. The Red Sox immediately let Johnson go, and once he clears waivers, he'll be free to make his way to whatever team he wishes. Tampa Bay is the probable destination.
Wed, Mar 30, 2005 08:50:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
3Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Cole Figueroa
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jake Odorizzi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Juan Carlos Oviedo
5Brad Boxberger
6Cesar Ramos
7Kirby Yates
8Erik Bedard
9Jeff Beliveau