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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Jim Johnson (groin) is nearing a rehab assignment.
Johnson has been on the disabled list since May 9 because of a right groin strain. He had a 7.90 ERA over his first 15 appearances this season for the Braves, so they might have him spend a while in the minor leagues. We'd expect an early-June return for the veteran righty. May 24 - 7:30 PM

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Braves placed RHP Jim Johnson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 9, with a right groin strain.

Ian Krol will take his place in the Braves' bullpen. Johnson has been hit really hard of late and owns an ugly 7.90 ERA over 15 appearances overall this season.
May 10 - 2:57 PM

Braves signed RHP Jim Johnson to a one-year contract.'s Mark Bowman says the reliever will receive $2.5 million. Johnson had a nice bounce-back showing with the Braves in 2015, posting a 2.25 ERA over 49 appearances. He was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline and flopped with a 10.13 mark across 23 games. Johnson was closing for Atlanta when they traded him, but he figures to be used in a setup role in 2016.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 06:09:00 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN reports the Orioles are discussing bringing back Jim Johnson.

The rumor is pretty flimsy, as he relayed a discussion between O's manager Buck Showalter and a panel during a MASN presentation. Still, it at least shows that Johnson is on the manager's radar, for what that's worth. Johnson enjoyed his most success in Baltimore, pitching for the Orioles from 2006 to 2013. He had a less impressive 4.46 ERA and 1.46 WHIP last season and should be cheap for whichever team calls on him.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 05:33:00 PM

Dodgers released RHP Jim Johnson.

Johnson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers earlier this week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The veteran reliever had been due to hit the open market this winter anyway. He posted an ugly 4.46 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 50/20 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings this summer between Atlanta and Los Angeles, though his year started much better than the final stat line suggests.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 10:05:00 AM

Dodgers designated RHP Jim Johnson for assignment.

Johnson wasn't included on the Dodgers' NLDS roster and has already been sent home for the winter, so the move is just a formality. The veteran right-hander started the season strong with the Braves, but he posted an ugly 10.23 ERA in 23 appearances after being traded to the Dodgers.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 05:47:00 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Jim Johnson has returned home and is not under consideration for the playoff roster.

Johnson isn't even going to the instructional league to stay fresh, which says a lot about his standing with the team. The veteran right-hander struggled miserably after coming over to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, posting a 10.13 ERA over 23 appearances.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 02:19:00 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Reds.

With Kenley Jansen unavailable for the day, the Dodgers trotted Johnson out for the ninth as they clung to a 1-0 lead. Johnson refused to wilt under pressure and retired Eugenio Suarez, Jay Bruce and Jason Bourgeois in order to secure the tight save. Since being acquired by the Dodgers, the veteran relief arm has allowed 15 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Eight of those runs came in a single appearance, as the Pirates rocked him in 2/3 of an inning on August 9.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Dodgers acquired RHP Jim Johnson from the Braves in the 13-player, three-team Hector Olivera trade.

Johnson had been serving as the Braves' closer for the past month-plus and was doing very well in that role. He'll enter the Dodgers' bullpen sitting on a strong 2.25 season ERA. Arodys Vizcaino appears likely to take over ninth-inning duties for the Braves.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 04:27:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are "getting a lot of play" on Jim Johnson.

It's not a surprise, as Johnson has a 2.25 ERA in a nice bounce-back season and is only making $1.6 million. He'll be used as a setup man wherever he goes, which means his fantasy value is about to take a hit. Arodys Vizcaino is the most likely candidate to take over at closer for the Braves if/when Johnson is dealt.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 02:04:00 PM

Jim Johnson earned his ninth save of the season Sunday in the Braves' win over the Cardinals.

Johnson surrendered a two-out single to Kolten Wong, but he got Matt Carpenter to fly out to center field to end the minor threat and preserve Atlanta's one-run lead. Johnson now owns a 2.11 ERA in 47 innings of relief this season for the Braves. The 32-year-old right-hander is a strong candidate to be moved ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Sun, Jul 26, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Jim Johnson worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Dodgers on Tuesday to earn his eighth save of the season.

Johnson was his usual efficient self, inducing two ground outs while needing just 10 pitches to seal the deal. The right-hander recently gained mixed league value when he slid into the closer role vacated by the injured Jason Grilli. Johnson owns a 2.15 ERA and 1.22 WHIP to go with the eight saves, and he's a solid if unspectacular option for saves going forward.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 10:41:00 PM

Jim Johnson saw his way out of trouble, allowing one run while picking up his seventh save of the season in Monday's 7-5 victory against the Dodgers.

Johnson, asked to protect a three-run lead, allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs in the ninth inning. A run scored, but the Braves got two outs on a Howie Kendrick double play. Johnson then got Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to end the threat. The right-hander has gotten the save in both opportunities since taking over for the injured Jason Grilli. The 44-49 Braves still might trade him if the right offer comes along.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 10:52:00 PM

Jim Johnson tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Cubs for his sixth save of the season.

Johnson, who recently took over the closer role from the injured Jason Grilli, notched one strikeout in the frame. After an ugly 2014 season, the 32-year-old has a 2.09 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio over 43 innings so far this year. He could become trade bait for the Braves, so Arodys Vizcaino is worth watching as a possible long-term closer in this bullpen.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 11:13:00 PM

Jim Johnson worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his third save as the Braves completed a 4-1 victory against the Padres on Wednesday.

Johnson provided closer Jason Grilli with a day off as he had thrown in back-to-back ballgames, throwing 50 total pitches. Johnson had little issue getting past the Padres, getting Will Middlebrooks to fly out, Melvin Upton, Jr. to ground out, and Alexi Amarista to fly out. The veteran right-hander has had a few shaky outings over the last several weeks. Save situations should continue to pop up only occasionally for Johnson as long as Grilli is healthy and effective.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 10:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Kelly Johnson
2Daniel Castro
3Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1Gordon Beckham
2Adonis Garcia
LF1Mallex Smith
2Hector Olivera
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Williams Perez
4Michael Foltynewicz
5Manny Banuelos
6Aaron Blair
7Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jason Grilli
3Jim Johnson
4Alexi Ogando
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Hunter Cervenka
7Bud Norris
8Ian Krol
9Joel de la Cruz
10Paco Rodriguez
11Daniel Winkler
12Andrew McKirahan