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Chris Johnson | Third Baseman

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Johnson went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the Braves' lopsided win over the Marlins on Tuesday.
Johnson got into the act with an RBI double in the first inning and added a run-scoring single in the ninth. He had two of the team's 14 hits on the evening. Despite contending for a batting title in 2013, Johnson isn't much of an offensive contributor, and his supporting cast offers little to get excited about, either. Apr 7 - 10:28 PM

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Chris Johnson is in the Braves' starting lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.

Johnson expressed disappointment that he wasn't in Monday's Opening Day lineup, but he's in there against right-hander Mat Latos. He's in a "soft platoon" with Alberto Callaspo at third base and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez may end up going with the hot hand.
Apr 7 - 3:22 PM

Chris Johnson said Monday that he was discouraged that he wasn't in the Braves' Opening Day lineup against the Marlins.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez plans to use a "soft platoon" at third base this season, so Alberto Callaspo got the start with right-hander Henderson Alvarez on the mound. "Yeah, that is discouraging," said Johnson. "I can’t do anything about that. If the manager thinks that there’s somebody better than me to play today, that’s his opinion and that’s what the lineup will show." The 30-year-old will likely get some starts against right-handers, but it's hard to get excited about him from a fantasy perspective, even in NL-only leagues. Johnson batted just .263/.292/.361 last season.
Apr 7 - 9:04 AM

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double as the Braves beat the Pirates 7-5 on Thursday.

Johnson was without an extra-base hit in 33 at-bats this spring before coming through today. Despite being one of the game's worst regulars last year, he hasn't had to compete for his starting job this spring, mostly because he got that nifty $23.5 million contract extension last May. He'll have some value in NL-only leagues.
Mar 26 - 4:35 PM

Chris Johnson went 0-for-3 on Monday and is 3-for-20 with no extra-base hits this spring.

No walks either, but that probably goes without saying. Johnson hit just .263/.292/.361 last year and played his customary subpar defense at third base. The Braves appear to be stuck with him after signing him to a $23.5 million extension last May, so he'll get a lot of rope. He's probably going to need it.
Mar 16 - 5:02 PM

Chris Johnson (wrist) will return to the Braves' Grapefruit League lineup on Wednesday.

Johnson has missed the last four games with soreness in his left wrist, which the Braves say was a result of extra batting cage work as he tries to get comfortable with mechanical changes. The good news is that it's not a long-term concern.
Mar 10 - 3:52 PM

Chris Johnson (wrist) is expected to return to the Braves' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday.

Johnson has been out for a couple of days with some minor soreness in his left wrist. He made big mechanical changes to his swing this winter, and the Braves are blaming all the extra batting cage work for the discomfort. Johnson should be fine.
Mar 9 - 4:08 PM

Chris Johnson is not in the Braves lineup on Saturday due to soreness in his left wrist.

The Braves believe that the injury is a minor one and expect Johnon to return to the lineup in a day or two. The 30-year-old is hopeful that adjustments to his swing this spring will lead to a bounceback season after hitting a disappointing .263/.292/.361 in 2014.
Mar 7 - 8:57 AM

Chris Johnson is working on a mechanical adjustment to his swing, lowering his hands to allow for a more consistent swing path.

It's an effort to return to the form he displayed in 2013 when he competed for the National League batting title. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season where he hit just .263/.292/.361 with 10 homers and 58 RBI.
Mar 1 - 7:35 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Giants "remain interested" in Chris Johnson.

They have an opening at the hot corner after losing out on the Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley sweepstakes, but it's debatable as to how much of an upgrade Johnson would be. The 30-year-old batted just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 for Atlanta and is a career .283/.319/.419 hitter over six seasons.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 01:35:00 PM

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves have not tried to package Chris Johnson in trade talks about Justin Upton.

This refutes a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, who said the two were being floated to some teams as a tandem. O'Brien does confirm that the Braves are shopping Johnson, but as a separate piece to Upton. Johnson, 30, batted just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 for Atlanta. The third baseman signed a $23.5 million contract extension in May.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:03:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Braves are packaging Chris Johnson with Justin Upton in trade talks with teams.

Johnson is likely only being talked about with a few teams, as he wouldn't seem to be a fit on all the clubs reportedly interested in Upton. The Braves, not surprisingly, are already having buyer's remorse after inking Johnson to a $23.5 million extension in May. The 30-year-old hit just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 and probably should be more of a part-time player.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:21:00 PM

Chris Johnson hit his 10th home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

Johnson padded the Braves' lead to 4-0 with a fourth-inning, two-run home run to left field off of Jerome Williams. It was the first time he had gone deep since August 27. Johnson has had a subpar year after batting .321 in 2013. He's hitting .265/.295/.364 with 58 RBI.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:57:00 PM

Chris Johnson (back) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates.

Johnson left Wednesday's game with a lower back strain and will get some rest Thursday. He's feeling better and expects to play Friday. Phil Gosselin will start at third base Thursday while Ramiro Pena will play second.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Chris Johnson left Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to a lower back strain.

Phil Gosselin replaced Johnson at third base to start the sixth inning, and now we know why. The Braves are calling Johnson day-to-day with the injury.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Alberto Callaspo
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Jonny Gomes
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Trevor Cahill
6Eric Stults
7Daniel Winkler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jason Grilli
2Jim Johnson
3Josh Outman
4Luis Avilan
5Cody Martin
6Andrew McKirahan
7Brandon Cunniff
8Sugar Ray Marimon
9Arodys Vizcaino
10Shae Simmons