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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Jim Johnson (heel) has returned to action by pitching on back-to-back days.
Johnson missed nearly three weeks with Achilles tendinitis. The 34-year-old began the year in the closer role for Atlanta, but he has struggled with a 5.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 58 appearances this season. Sep 26 - 9:01 AM

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Jim Johnson (heel) could be available to pitch Friday when the Braves begin their weekend series against the Mets.

Johnson didn't make the trip to Washington because of a mild case of Achilles tendinitis. He's saved 22 games this year for Atlanta, but Arodys Vizcaino appears locked in as the Braves' closer now.
Sep 13 - 5:19 PM

Peter Gammons of reports that the Braves have placed Jim Johnson and R.A. Dickey on revocable trade waivers.

It's a common thing this time of year and waiver trades are sometimes difficult to pull off, but these two players could very well be moved if the right pieces fall into place. Johnson, 34, holds a 4.09 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 52/16 K/BB ratio over 44 innings this season as the Braves' closer. He is under contract for $5 million in 2018. Dickey, 42, has a 4.08 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 21 starts. He carries an $8 million club option for 2018.
Aug 2 - 1:23 PM

Jim Johnson blew another save by allowing a home run in the ninth inning on Saturday versus the Phillies.

He was protecting a one-run lead and blew it by giving up a solo home run to Odubel Herrera. The Braves went on to lose the game in the 11th inning. It was Johnson's eighth blown save of the season, which leads the major leagues. He has 22 successful saves and a 6-2 record with a 4.22 ERA. He has amassed 51 strikeouts and 15 walks in 32 2/3 innings and could be on the move before Monday's deadline.
Jul 29 - 11:14 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are "listening" to inquiries on Jim Johnson, but they're "not actively looking to move him."

Johnson is under contract for 2018 at a reasonable $4.5 million, so the Braves aren't necessarily in a rush to trade their closer, but Crasnick says of the reliever that "several teams have had scouts in to look at him." The veteran reliever hasn't had a great July, pushing his ERA for the year up to 4.10, but he boasts a nice 50/15 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings and would be a quality addition for a contender, likely as a setup man. Arodys Vizcaino is a worth stash just in case the Braves do wind up dealing Johnson.
Jul 28 - 9:43 AM

Jim Johnson struck out one batter without allowing a hit to snare a save as his team won 8-5 over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

He retired the side in order to protect a three-run lead and nail down the save without any drama. Johnson now owns 21 saves and a 4.02 ERA on the season. He has 50 strikeouts and 13 walks in 40 1/3 innings and has allowed just two home runs. He has managed to blow seven saves anyway.
Jul 16 - 12:24 AM

Jim Johnson converted his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Johnson struck out one batter and made it through the frame on 12 pitches. It was nice to see after he blew two out of his previous three save opportunities. The 34-year-old has made things interesting this year with a 4.12 ERA in 39 appearances, but he’s missing more bats than ever before.
Jul 15 - 12:49 AM

Jim Johnson allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Nationals on Friday for his seventh blown save of the season.

Ugly. Johnson gave up four hits and a walk in the frame. He allowed the first four batters to reach against him in the frame before recording his first out. Matt Wieters tied things up with a sacrifice fly and Wilmer Difo moved the go-ahead run to third base with a single before Johnson was finally pulled from the game. Sam Freeman managed to escape with no further damage, but the Nationals went on to win the game in the 10th. Johnson’s ERA now sits at 4.23 on the year and it’s fair to wonder how long the leash is at this point. It might be an easier decision if Arodys Vizcaino was healthy right now.
Jul 7 - 10:57 PM

Jim Johnson struck out two batters without allowing any hits or runs in the ninth inning to lock down a save versus the Athletics on Saturday.

Johnson has had a few stumbles this year (five blown saves and a loss) but gets the job done on a regular basis. He has 18 saves, five wins and a 3.63 ERA on the season. He has accumulated 44 strikeouts against just nine walks in 35 2/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 8:53 PM

Jim Johnson worked around a single and walk allowed in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday in San Diego for his 16th save of the season.

Johnson needed 22 pitches to make it through the frame, but he was able to strike out the side to get out of trouble. He has struck out five batters over his past two scoreless innings after a rough patch against the Giants last week. It appears he has ironed things out and is back on track.
Jun 28 - 1:56 AM

Jim Johnson struck out two batters in the ninth inning while earning a save against the Brewers on Saturday.

He allowed a single to Jesus Aguilar with two outs but was able to punch out rookie Lewis Brinson to sew up the save. Johnson has endured a couple of bad outings recently but didn't have much trouble this afternoon. He has 15 saves and a 3.86 ERA on the season.
Jun 24 - 8:52 PM

Jim Johnson blew a save by serving up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on Wednesday versus the Giants.

Hunter Pence blasted a solo shot to center field with one out. The Braves ended up winning in extra innings but Johnson was charged with his fifth blown save nonetheless. He has successfully converted 13 save chances. His job as the closer is likely still safe. He has a 3.52 ERA with 34 strikeouts and seven walks in 30 2/3 innings. It was only the second longball he has allowed this year.
Jun 22 - 2:07 AM

Jim Johnson earned a win Sunday with a scoreless top of the ninth inning against the Marlins.

Johnson issued a two-out walk to Dee Gordon, but he induced an inning-ending pop-out from Giancarlo Stanton and the Braves won the game on Brandon Phillips' walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Johnson has a 3.34 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 33/7 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 frames this season. He's now 5-1 with 13 saves.
Jun 18 - 4:41 PM

Jim Johnson managed to wiggle his way out of the ninth inning on Monday, protecting a two-run lead against the Nationals to earn his 13th save of the season.

The veteran right-hander made things interesting, allowing a leadoff double to Michael Taylor, and a two-out RBI single to Trea Turner, but was able to escape by the skin of his teeth, getting Bryce Harper to fly out to end the ballgame. Johnson now sports a 3.58 ERA and 1.01 WHIP on the season.
Jun 12 - 11:01 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Phillies to earn his 12th save of the season.

Johnson did what he does, getting a pair of ground ball outs along with a fly out to finish of the Philadelphia bunch. He's now got 12 saves in 16 chances this year. The 33-year-old has a couple of blemishes on his log in recent weeks, but he still owns a respectable 3.51 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 27/5 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings overall.
Jun 9 - 12:51 AM

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C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Ozzie Albies
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Johan Camargo
2Adonis Garcia
3Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
2Matt Adams
3Jace Peterson
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Danny Santana
3Lane Adams
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Michael Foltynewicz
3R.A. Dickey
4Sean Newcomb
5Lucas Sims
6Max Fried
7Luiz Gohara
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jim Johnson
3Jose Ramirez
4Ian Krol
5Grant Dayton
6Sam Freeman
7Dan Winkler
8Jason Motte
9Matt Wisler
10Josh Ravin
11A.J. Minter
12Jacob Lindgren
13Luke Jackson
14Rex Brothers