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24 Kelly Johnson LF
Height/Weight: 6-1/195 | Birthdate: 2/22/1982 | Birthplace: Austin, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Atlanta | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $2,450,000 | Owned/Started%: 14/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves place Kelly Johnson on 15-day DL with oblique injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) The Braves have placed left fielder Kelly Johnson on the 15-day DL with a right oblique strain, the team announced on Wednesday.

Johnson left Wednesday's game against the Reds after suffering the injury in the first inning when he took a swing. Atlanta will call up Todd Cunningham from Triple-A Gwinnett. 


Braves OF Kelly Johnson exits game with apparent injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Braves outfielder Kelly Johnson was forced to leave Wednesday night's game with an oblique injury, the team announced

Johnson suffered the injury during a swing in the first inning. Manager Fredi Gonzalez and a trainer went out to see Johnson after the injury. 

Johnson is listed as day-to-day. 


Kelly Johnson, Christian Bethancourt get starts for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Jonny Gomes and A.J. Pierzynski aren't in the Braves' starting lineup for Saturday's game against Washington.

Kelly Johnson gets the start in left field in place of Gomes. It's Johnson's 13th start of the year in left, one shy of Gomes' total, but it's just the second time in the last six games that Johnson has started there.

Johnson will bat cleanup.

Christian Bethancourt gets the start behind the plate in place of Pierzynski. It's his 13th start of the year at catcher. He'll bat seventh. 


Braves' Johnson moves to cleanup spot with Pierzynski resting


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) With A.J. Pierzynski given a breather, the Braves moved Kelly Johnson to the cleanup for Thursday's contest against the Phillies. It's the fourth time this season and the first time since
Sunday the Braves have Johnson batting fourth.

Johnson is hitting .266 (17 for 64) with two doubles, six homers and 17 RBI in 22 games. Pierzynski is hitting .344 (21 for 61) with three doubles, three homers and 14 RBI in 16 games. 

Atlanta is favored (-132) at home against Philadelphia.


Kelly Johnson reaches 1,000 hits in big night for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) The Braves' Kelly Johnson went 2 for 3 in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia. 

Johnson hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, then reached the milestone with a single in the sixth. 

Johnson had a bases-loaded walk in the seventh for a fourth RBI on the night. He has six home runs and 17 RBI this year and lifted his average to .266. 


Braves' Kelly Johnson credits Kevin Seitzer with hot start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Braves left fielder/third baseman Kelly Johnson credited first-year hitting coach Kevin Seitzer with his increased offensive production, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"Like I was saying in the spring, it’s the stuff that Seitz preaches," Johnson said. "Staying on top of it, trying to be a consistent as you can, not deviate — good or bad, just keep working."

Johnson said he's benefited "big time" by following Seitzer's tenets as well as his attention to detail and persistence.

"He’s so big on not trying to do too much, stay in the middle – all the stuff he says, just BP and the approach and having all that kind of take care of some stuff and clean stuff up," Johnson said. "For me personally, I think sometimes you turn up the knob a little bit and try to do too much, or maybe you get going and you feel pretty good and you keep trying to do better and better, and hit the ball farther and farther, or whatever, instead of just continuing to do the same thing and let the results take care of themselves."

Johnson comes into Tuesday's game hitting .246/.292/.525 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 61 at-bats.


Braves' Kelly Johnson swats fifth home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Braves third baseman Kelly Johnson went 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 5-0 win over the Reds Sunday.

It was the second home run in three days for Johnson, who was making his third start of the season at third base after seeing most of his action in left field. He was able to extend his team's lead to 3-0 with his two-run blast in the first inning, giving starter Julio Teheran all the breathing room he would need.

Johnson has hit .250/.297/.533 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 60 at-bats.


Braves LF Kelly Johnson hits two-run home run Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Braves left fielder Kelly Johnson connected on a two-run home run to help lead the Braves to a 4-3 win over the Reds on Friday.

Johnson hit the home run off Anthony DeSclafani in the fifth inning to give the Braves a lead they would not relinquish. The home run was his lone hit in four at-bats during the game. It was his fourth home run of the season and he is now batting .250 on the season.


Braves' Pierzynski gets day off Thursday vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski was given a day off on Thursday, after catching the previous three games. Pierzynski has been hot at the plate lately, batting .455 (10 for 22) with nine RBI in his last six games.

Christian Bethancourt got the start behind the dish for the Braves, and left fielder Kelly Johnson was inserted into the cleanup spot in the lineup against the Reds on Thursday, the team announced.


Braves OF Kelly Johnson goes 3 for 4 in win over Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Braves outfielder Kelly Johnson had a great game at the plate in Monday night's 8-4 win over the Nationals. 

Johnson went 3 for 4 with a home run, his third of the season. He hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning to right field. He also recorded an RBI single, giving him three RBI for the game. Johnson now has seven RBI this season. 

Johnson now holds a slash line of .263/.333/.526.


Braves' Markakis, Simmons remain atop lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Braves right fielder Nick Markakis is leading off and shortstop Andrelton Simmons is batting second for the second straight game Sunday.

Both players saw their first appearances in those respective positions in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Phillies and will reprise their roles Sunday. In addition, lefty Kelly Johnson is batting cleanup for the first time this season, with first baseman Freddie Freeman slotting in third for the second straight day (and the third time this season).

The Braves are underdogs (+100) against the Phillies Sunday.


Braves' Maybin, Johnson provide little spark vs. Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Braves outfielders Cameron Maybin and Kelly Johnson were the only bright spots at the plate for Atlanta in Wednesday's 6-2 defeat to Miami.

Maybin took Dan Haren deep for a solo home run in the sixth inning. He reached base twice and finished 1 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .167 (3 for 18) in seven games.

Johnson launched a solo home run off Dan Haren in the seventh inning. It was his only hit of the afternoon, as he finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. He struck out twice. He is hitting .167 (3 for 18) in seven games


Report: Kelly Johnson will make Braves' Opening Day roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Kelly Johnson will make the Braves Opening Day roster, according to a report by Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

Johnson's versatility helped earn him the spot--he can play three infield positions as well as the outfield. The decision to keep Johnson could be a bad sign for Joey Terdoslavich, who was believed to be competing with him for a bench role. 


Braves' Chris Johnson, Kelly Johnson OK after struck by pitches


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Braves infielders Chris Johnson and Kelly Johnson both said they were OK after being hit by pitches Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Chris Johnson was struck on the hand and had it wrapped as he left the ballpark Wednesday. Kelly Johnson was sore after being hit on the back of his right arm.


Joey Terdoslavich hopes to return to Braves lineup Wednesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Joey Terdoslavich took batting practice on Tuesday and hopes to return to the field Wednesday, after missing 10 days with a wrist injury. 

Terdoslavich sprained his left wrist while diving to make a tag on March 21. 

"It’s just weird the way it happened, just kind of a freak thing," Terdoslavich said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "But a wrist and hand with a hitter is just like a pitcher with a (sore) elbow or shoulder. You don’t want to have it linger all year."

Terdoslavich is hitting .278 this spring. He's competing with Kelly Johnson for a bench spot on the Braves' roster. 


Braves' Kelly Johnson getting on track offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Kelly Johnson is among the players in Braves' camp this spring fighting for a roster spot. Unfortunately, he didn't help his own cause early on, batting .105 through his first seven spring games, but Johnson has settled into a groove at the plate and has put himself back in the race for a roster spot.

Johnson has hit safely in five straight spring games, batting .462 (6 for 13) with one home run, four RBI, two doubles and four walks in that span. Johnson attributes his work with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer for his turnaround.

“I feel better,” Johnson said. “It’s spring training. I’ve gone both ways before -- I’ve gone out and hit .400 for the first two weeks and not really had a clue how you’re doing it, but you’re getting hits. So there’s that. But Seitz has been really good for me. It’s been a lot of work to get back feeling good…. The approach, that’s been really good for me."


Braves sign Kelly Johnson to a minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Braves have signed infielder Kelly Johnson to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

Johnson saw time with three major-league teams last season, hitting .215/.296/.362 over 265 at-bats. The 32-year-old came up with Atlanta, and spent the first four seasons of his career with the franchise. The contract includes an invite to spring training. 


Orioles announce several roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Orioles announced a slew of roster moves on Monday. They have recalled right-hander Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk and right-hander Kevin Gausman from the GCL Orioles. Additionally, the team also selected the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders from Triple-A Norfolk. Infielder Kelly Johnson has reported to the club after being traded over the weekend.

Orioles, Red Sox swap infielders Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) The Orioles have acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus, MLB.com reports.

Red Sox place Kelly Johnson, Craig Breslow on trade waivers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The Red Sox placed infielder Kelly Johnson and pitcher Craig Breslow on revocable trade waivers Friday, the Boston Globe reports.

The pair are the first Red Sox players to hit revocable waivers this August, but as many players are tossed on trade waivers in August, the move doesn't necessarily mean either is in the works to be traded.


Red Sox demote Mookie Betts, activate Kelly Johnson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) John Farrell claimed he wanted to get at-bats for rookie Mookie Betts. Those at-bats for Betts will be coming for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Betts was demoted by the Red Sox on Thursday to make room for Kelly Johnson, who was activated off the disabled list. He had been out since July 22 with a groin injury.


Kelly Johnson activated, not in lineup Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The Red Sox activated infielder Kelly Johnson from the disabled list as expected Thursday, ahead of the team's game against the Cardinals.  

He is not in the starting lineup Thursday, and it is unclear when he is expected to make his Red Sox debut. Johnson has been out since July 22 due to a groin injury, and was traded to the Red Sox during his time on the DL. 


Kelly Johnson likely to be activated Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Red Sox infielder Kelly Johnson is likely to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, the first day he's eligible to return, CSNNE.com reports.

Johnson kicked off a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland Tuesday. He's been sidelined since July 22 while recovering from a groin injury and has been traded since going on the disabled list.


Kelly Johnson goes hitless in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Red Sox infielder Kelly Johnson went 0 for 3 and struck out twice in his rehab debut with Double-A Portland Tuesday.

Johnson manned first baseman in the rehab game as he works his way back from a groin injury. Traded by the Yankees at the deadline, he is eligbile to be activated from the disabled list Thursday.


Kelly Johnson to start rehab assignment Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Red Sox infielder Kelly Johnson (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland Tuesday. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday.