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Chris Johnson | First Baseman

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Indians activated 1B/3B Chris Johnson from the 15-day disabled list.
Johnson was sidelined on August 14 due to an infection that stemmed from a spider bite. You can't make this stuff up. Between the Braves and Indians this season, he was hitting .259/.290/.351 with a pair of homers and 11 RBI across 174 at-bats. He had played in just six games with the Indians prior to his infection. Sep 1 - 12:45 PM

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Chris Johnson (infection) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Johnson is over his infection caused by a spider bite, but the Indians will wait until roster expand to activate him. He's hit .429/.429/.571 over six games since joining the Indians.
Aug 28 - 5:04 PM

Chris Johnson (infection) hit balls off a tee on Monday.

Johnson has been on the shelf since a spider bite on his left thumb on August 14 became infected. He's had to have the infection drained twice. "I ended up having an infection and they had to treat it with antibiotics," said Johnson. "The last two days I've finally been able to swing the bat." Johnson should be ready to return when rosters expand.
Aug 26 - 9:21 AM

Indians placed 1B/3B Chris Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand infection.

Johnson was bitten by a spider on Saturday and his left hand still isn't quite right. Jason Kipnis has been activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move. Johnson had been off to a nice start in Cleveland and shouldn't be out longer than 15 days.
Aug 18 - 4:24 PM

Chris Johnson (spider bite) will be monitored over the next 24 hours before it's determined whether he might need to go on the disabled list.

Johnson suffered a spider bite on his left hand Saturday and he's unavailable to play at the moment with the hand swelled up. He's hit .429/.429/.571 over six games since joining the Indians.
Aug 17 - 5:20 PM

Chris Johnson was not available to play on Sunday due to a spider bite on his left hand.

The bite occurred on Saturday and swelled up on Johnson overnight, rendering him incapable of playing on Sunday. He should be ready to rejoin the lineup in a day or two.
Aug 16 - 5:29 PM

Chris Johnson went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored as the Indians easily handled the Twins in Sunday's win.

Johnson doubled and scored in the second inning and did the same in the sixth. He made his Indians debut on Saturday as a pinch-hitter, but was retired. The veteran brought with him a sub-.600 OPS compiled with the Braves. He's hoping for better luck in Cleveland when he can get playing time.
Aug 9 - 3:59 PM

Indians acquired 3B Chris Johnson from the Braves in exchange for OFs Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn and cash considerations.

The Braves signed Johnson to an extension after his nice 2013 season but it's looked like a mistake from the get-go, as he's hit just .257/.288/.352 since the beginning of 2014. He'll remain a backup in Cleveland, although they're not exactly settled at third base with Giovanny Urshela.
Aug 7 - 3:38 PM

Chris Johnson is not in the Braves' lineup Monday.

Freddie Freeman will start at first base and Adonis Garcia will start at third against Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman. Johnson is batting just .240/.277/.318.
Jul 27 - 3:51 PM

Chris Johnson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Johnson hit cleanup against lefty Tim Cooney, which is more of a statement about the Braves' offense right now than anything else. The 30-year-old should get a lot more playing time at third base now that Juan Uribe is with the Mets, but there's not much to get excited about here from a fantasy perspective. He's batting just .244 with a .604 OPS on the year.
Jul 25 - 12:08 AM

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Braves edged the Dodgers 4-3 on Tuesday.

Johnson finished with two singles and a double, his second three-hit game in his last six contests. Somewhat unbelievably, the two RBI matched his production from the previous 33 games. It's been that kind of year for Johnson, who is hitting .258/.297/.342 with a homer and nine RBI in 47 games overall.
Jul 21 - 10:53 PM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are still looking to trade Chris Johnson, including deals where he would be "attached to another player."

The Braves used this same technique in April when the Padres were forced to acquire Melvin Upton Jr. in order to get Craig Kimbrel. Johnson has hit just .258 since his breakout season in 2013. He'll be a free agent after next season.
Jul 4 - 9:58 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Braves have tried to trade Chris Johnson.

Well, of course they have. Johnson is in the first season of a three-year, $23.5 million deal that he signed last May, but he's batted just .260/.292/.357 since the beginning of last season and is no longer an everyday player. Heyman does say that the Braves are "offering to substantially pay down his contract," something that would be a necessity should they have a chance to get anything done.
Jun 19 - 11:35 AM

Braves activated 3B Chris Johnson from the 15-day disabled list.

He had been slated to return on Thursday, but the Braves moved his arrival up a day following their trade with the Dodgers. Once the deal becomes official, Johnson will share third base with Juan Uribe. He's hitting .279/.347/.372 over 16 contests for Atlanta this season.
May 27 - 2:03 PM

Chris Johnson (hand) is expected to begin a three-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

He's playing in another game at extended spring training on Saturday and is expected to take batting practice with the team in Atlanta on Sunday before heading out on the rehab stint. He's slated to return from the disabled list on Thursday.
May 23 - 1:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Mike Aviles
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Jose Ramirez
3B1Giovanny Urshela
2Chris Johnson
LF1Michael Brantley
2Zach Walters
CF1Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Jerry Sands
DH1Ryan Raburn
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Danny Salazar
5Cody Anderson
6T.J. House
7Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Austin Adams
4Zach McAllister
5Ryan Webb
6Jeff Manship
7Kyle Crockett
8Nick Hagadone
9Shawn Armstrong