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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 (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

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Chris Johnson (hand) is on track to be activated from the disabled list next Thursday against the Dodgers.

It was previously believed that he could be activated next Monday, but the Braves want him to play some rehab games first. The 30-year-old has been sidelined for three weeks with a fracture and bone bruises in his left hand.
May 21 - 4:30 PM

Chris Johnson (hand) could be activated next Monday.

Johnson was recently cleared for baseball activities after being shut down for three weeks with a fracture and bone bruises in his left hand. Alberto Callaspo and Pedro Ciriaco have been filling in at the hot corner. Johnson was batting .279/.347/.372 with zero homers and five RBI in 16 games before the injury.
May 19 - 4:29 PM

Chris Johnson will be sidelined 3-6 weeks after being diagnosed with a fractured left hand and multiple bone bruises.

An MRI revealed that the fracture was actually pre-existing, although it's not clear when he suffered the injury. Johnson will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Alberto Callaspo will be the regular third baseman for the Braves.
May 1 - 4:13 PM

Braves placed INF Chris Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand fracture.

Johnson sustained the injury during Thursday's loss to the Reds. Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin and Kelly Johnson could all see increased action at third base while Johnson is on the shelf.
Apr 30 - 9:58 PM

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

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.
Source: MLB.com
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Alberto Callaspo
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Jonny Gomes
2Todd Cunningham
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Williams Perez
7Daniel Winkler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Grilli
2Jim Johnson
3Josh Outman
4Luis Avilan
5Nick Masset
6Andrew McKirahan
7Trevor Cahill
8Brandon Cunniff
9Eric Stults
10Ian Thomas
11Arodys Vizcaino
12Shae Simmons