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Kelly Johnson | Outfielder

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 196
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Braves activated INF/OF Kelly Johnson from the 15-day disabled list.
Johnson missed nearly a month of action with a right oblique strain. He'll see some starts in left field and at third base for the Bravos. Jun 10 - 2:47 PM

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Kelly Johnson (oblique) is expected to rejoin the Braves' active roster on Wednesday.

Johnson has been on the disabled list since May 15 because of a right oblique strain. He'll return Wednesday to a utility role and a decent .259/.310/.519 batting line.
Jun 9 - 4:58 PM

Kelly Johnson (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

He shouldn't need more than a few games before being activated. Johnson has hit .259/.310/.519 with six homers for the Braves this season.
Jun 7 - 11:44 AM

Kelly Johnson (oblique) began taking batting practice and doing defensive drills this week.

Johnson is working out at the Braves' spring training headquarters in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. There remains no timetable for his return, but that he's doing baseball activities is a good sign. The infielder will likely need a rehab assignment before returning to the Braves.
Jun 3 - 6:45 PM

Braves placed INF/OF Kelly Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Johnson suffered the injury Wednesday and was placed on the disabled list prior to Thursday's game. Todd Cunningham replaced him on the active roster and the Braves will likely go with a combination of players at third base during his absence.
May 15 - 6:22 PM

Kelly Johnson (oblique) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Johnson suffered a right oblique strain Wednesday in the Braves' loss to the Reds and will likely be sidelined for three weeks. "It stinks when you're feeling good and something like that happens," he said after the game. "It's just the way it is. It's baseball." Todd Cunningham will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett when the Braves make the move official.
May 14 - 8:54 AM

Kelly Johnson left Wednesday's game with a right oblique strain.

Johnson hurt the oblique during an at-bat in the first inning. Obliques are often lingering injuries, so it's hard to project how long the infielder might be sidelined. He's probably looking at a disabled list stint, but the Braves will shed more light on his status after the game.
May 13 - 7:46 PM

Kelly Johnson left Wednesday's game against the Reds after appearing to tweak a back muscle.

Johnson left in the middle of an at-bat in the first inning, so it was clearly something that happened in one of the first pitches he saw. Jonny Gomes replaced Johnson in left field.
May 13 - 7:20 PM

Kelly Johnson hit a three-run home run, then singled for his 1,000th career hit as the Braves beat the Phillies 9-0 on Tuesday.

Johnson finished 2-for-3 with a walk. He drilled a three-run home run off of Chad Billingsley in the fourth inning to put the Braves up 6-0. In the sixth, he singled to right-center off of Elvis Araujo to earn his 1,000th career hit. Johnson's return to Atlanta has been a good one, as he's hitting .266/.319/.578 with six home runs and 17 RBI.
May 5 - 9:59 PM

Kelly Johnson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-0 victory against the Reds.

Johnson, playing at third base in this contest, pushed the Braves' lead to 3-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Johnny Cueto. He had been seeing starts in left field more recently. The utilityman has been a surprising source of offense for the Braves as he has five home runs with 13 RBI, and is batting .250/.297/.533.
May 3 - 4:25 PM

Kelly Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning on Friday, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Reds.

It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening, but he certainly made the most of it, lining an Anthony DeSclafani offering over the wall in right that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has held his own at the plate this season, slashing .250/.304/.519 with four homers and 11 RBI in 52 at-bats.
May 1 - 10:31 PM

Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help lead the Braves past the Nationals on Monday.

The utilityman got the start at left field in this one. He extended the Braves' lead to 4-1 with a two-run home run off of Doug Fister in the sixth inning, then added an RBI single in the seventh. The 33-year-old veteran has come to the plate 42 times and has homered twice with seven RBI while batting .263/.333/.526.
Apr 27 - 10:27 PM

Braves purchased the contract of INF/OF Kelly Johnson from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Johnson hit .286 with a couple homers this spring. The 33-year-old gives the Braves a utility option capable of filling in at first base, second base, third base and the corner outfield spots.
Mar 31 - 10:02 PM

Kelly Johnson doubled and walked twice Saturday as the Braves beat a Blue Jays split-squad 5-3.

Despite starting off 2-for-19, Johnson is up to .273/.385/.523 with two homers in 44 at-bats this spring. He's made a very good case for a bench spot, but if the Braves would prefer to go younger, perhaps Johnson will catch on elsewhere.
Mar 28 - 5:16 PM

Kelly Johnson reached all four times he was up Thursday in the Braves' 6-3 defeat of the Marlins.

Johnson, who entered the day 4-for-24 this spring, went 2-for-2 with two walks. He'd seem to be a sentimental choice for a Braves roster that could certainly use some additional power off the bench. We're not sure whether that will be enough to get him a spot.
Mar 19 - 5:00 PM

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