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Rob Johnson | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Padres signed RHP Rob Johnson to a minor league contract.
Yes, you're reading it correctly. After parts of seven big league seasons behind the plate, Johnson is going to try his hand at pitching. For what it's worth, the 31-year-old has made a couple scoreless appearances in his career, once for the Mets in 2012 and again for the Cardinals last year. Still, it's obviously a long shot that he'll ever amount to anything on the mound. Fri, Feb 14, 2014 02:49:00 PM

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Cardinals sent C Rob Johnson outright to Triple-A Memphis.

Johnson immediately declared for free agency and is now able to source out his catching depth to a new organization. Did you know that Johnson has appeared in the big leagues in every season since 2007? Such is the life of a gritty backup catcher. The 31-year-old Johnson is a career .200/.275/.295 hitter.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of C Rob Johnson from Triple-A Memphis.

He'll replace Ty Wigginton on the active roster and will provide some catching depth with Yadier Molina (knee) ailing. Johnson, 30, owns a .201/.277/.297 in 791 plate appearances in the majors and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 01:08:00 PM

Cardinals signed C Rob Johnson to a minor league contract.

He'll also get a spring training invite. Johnson, 30, batted .250 (13-for-52) in 17 games with the Mets this season prior to suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb. The light-hitting backstop is unlikely to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 01:54:00 PM

Rob Johnson has opted for free agency.

Johnson was outrighted off the 40-man roster as the Mets begin to make room for prospects in advance of December's Rule 5 Draft. The 30-year-old catcher batted .250 (13-for-52) in 17 games with the big club this season.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 12:01:00 PM

Mets transferred C Rob Johnson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Johnson has a torn ligament in his left thumb is done for the season.
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 10:35:00 AM

Mets placed C Rob Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

The Mets had originally optioned Johnson to Triple-A Buffalo, but that transaction is now void. The 30-year-old backstop is done for the remainder of the 2012 season.
Thu, Aug 23, 2012 12:04:00 PM

Mets optioned C Rob Johnson to Triple-A Buffalo.

He was sent down in order to make room for the newly-acquired Kelly Shoppach on the active roster. Johnson is hitting .250 (13-for-52) in 17 games with the Mets this season and should be back in September.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 02:21:00 PM

Rob Johnson is likely to be optioned to Triple-A Buffalo before Wednesday's game against the Reds.

The Mets acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox on Tuesday and will presumably use him in a platoon with Josh Thole down the stretch. Johnson has posted a rough .250/.298/.288 batting line with two extra-base hits in 17 major league games this season.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 02:35:00 PM

Rob Johnson is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

It's a bit of a surprise to see Johnson out of the lineup against the left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but his hand was a bit swollen after catching Matt Harvey on Sunday. Josh Thole is starting behind the plate, instead.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 03:19:00 PM

Mets recalled C Rob Johnson from Triple-A Buffalo.

Johnson has hit .313/.371/.344 in 35 plate appearances this season in the major leagues. He will serve as the Mets' backup catcher behind starter Josh Thole.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 04:19:00 PM

Mets optioned C Rob Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk.

The Mets don't need a third catcher with Josh Thole back in action. Johnson batted .313/.371/.344 over 34 at-bats.
Fri, Jun 1, 2012 03:05:00 PM

Mets purchased the contract of C Rob Johnson from Triple-A Buffalo.

Johnson will function as a backup to Mike Nickeas while starting catcher Josh Thole recovers from a concussion. Johnson is a .197/.275/.297 career hitter in the bigs.
Tue, May 8, 2012 05:55:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Rob Johnson has been summoned to join the Mets in Philadelphia.

He'll presumably be added to the active roster if Josh Thole (head) is placed on the seven-day disabled list for concussions. Johnson is hitting .291 over his first 15 games with Triple-A Buffalo, but he's a .197/.275/.297 hitter over 733 plate appearances in the big leagues. Mike Nickeas should get most of the playing time behind the plate while Thole is sidelined.
Tue, May 8, 2012 02:55:00 PM

Mets signed C Rob Johnson to a minor league contract.

The deal includes a spring training invite. Johnson, 29, batted just .190/.259/.285 with three homers and 16 RBI over 199 plate appearances with the Padres this past season. The light-hitting backstop will try to make the Opening Day roster as a backup to Josh Thole.
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 12:32:00 PM

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