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55 Kelly Johnson LF
Height/Weight: 6-1/195 | Birthdate: 2/22/1982 | Birthplace: Austin, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $2,450,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/12 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Kelly Johnson goes 2 for 6, homers in Mets debut on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Playing in his first game with the Mets, Kelly Johnson went 2 for 6 with a solo home run in the 15-2 thrashing of the Dodgers on Saturday.

Johnson started at second base and hit cleanup in his Mets debut, and he belted his ninth home run in the fifth inning. He also singled and scored earlier in the game as part of an impressive start with his new club.

Johnson has been hitting the ball well lately, batting .324 with three home runs over his past 10 games. 


Mets acquire Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson in four-player deal with Braves


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) The Mets and Braves have finalized a deal on Friday, CBS Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. The Braves will send infielder Juan Uribe and infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson to the Mets. In exchange, the Mets will part with minor league right-handers John Gant and Rob Whalen. 

The Mets have been said to be looking for offensive help, and with third baseman David Wright out for the foreseeable future, Uribe could make for a decent stopgap at the hotcorner. Uribe, who was already dealt once this season, is batting .272 with eight home runs this season. He plays a steady defense and could be moved around the diamond if Wright returns.

Johnson, meanwhile, has experience in left field where the Mets also have a rather large need, though they did just recall outfield prospect Michael Conforto on Friday. Johnson is hitting .275 with nine homers on the year. 

Both sluggers are scheduled to be free agents this offseason.

Gant is a 22-year-old originally from Savannah, Georgia. He was a 21st-round draft pick by the Mets in 2011. The youngster owns a 3.52 ERA between Class A and Double-A this season.

Whalen, 21, was drafted in the 12th round of the 2012 draft. He is 4-5 with a 3.36 ERA while pitching with Class A St. Lucie this year.


Braves' Kelly Johnson returns to lineup for Wednesday matinee


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Kelly Johnson is back at first base and batting third in the lineup for the Braves' series-finale with the Dodgers on Wednesday. Johnson had missed the last two games dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Johnson is 5 for 16 with a home run and five RBI over his last six ballgames.


Braves' Kelly Johnson (illness) unable to start on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Braves first baseman Kelly Johnson remains out of the starting lineup on Tuesday due to flu-like symptoms. Johnson was unable to play on Monday due to the illness, and he'll be sidelined at least one more game. 

Chris Johnson will handle first base on Tuesday against the Dodgers.


Braves' Joey Terdoslavich gets start at first base for ailing Kelly Johnson


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Braves first baseman Joey Terdoslavich gets his fifth start of the season in Monday's game. Terdoslavich replaces Kelly Johnson, who has flu-like symptoms, per MLB.com.

Terdoslavich hasn't started at first base since June 30. He'll bat sixth in the lineup. 


Braves' Kelly Johnson belts three-run home run in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Braves first baseman Kelly Johnson had a nice night at the plate on Friday, going 2 for 4, including his ninth home run of the season. It wasn't enough, however, as the Braves would drop this one to the Rockies, 5-3.

Johnson's big hit was a three-run home run in the sixth inning to put the Braves on the board.

Johnson has been the primary replacement for regular first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is on the DL with a wrist injury. In the 15 games since Freeman went down, Johnson is hitting .326 with three home runs and 11 RBI. 


Braves 1B Kelly Johnson taters in loss to Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Braves first baseman Kelly Johnson went up there hacking Wednesday against the host Brewers. He saw just nine pitches in four at-bats.

The result was three outs and a home run that traveled over the right-field fence 400 feet from home plate. His second blast in three games gave him five hits in his last 15 at-bats and strengthened his slugging percentage to .443.


Braves 1B Kelly Johnson collects three RBI in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Braves first baseman Kelly Johnson hit his seventh home run of the season during Monday's 5-3 win over the Brewers.

Johnson hit the two-run shot off Kyle Lohse in the first inning. He finished the game 2 for 4 with three RBI and one walk.

Prior to Monday's performance, Johnson was hitting .313 with four RBI in his last 13 games.


Braves' Kelly Johnson drives in three runs in win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) First baseman Kelly Johnson had a big game for the Braves in their 9-5 win over the Phillies on Saturday. Johnson got the scoring started with a two-run single, kicking off a four-run first inning. 

Then, with the Braves already up 8-1 in the fourth, Johnson drove in the Braves' final run of the night with an RBI single in another four-run inning.

Overall, Johnson went 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored. The three RBI are the most he's had in a game since he had four on May 5.


Kelly Johnson returns to left field for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Kelly Johnson will start in left field for the Braves on Saturday, the first time he's played that position in eight games. 

Johnson has started games at first and third base since his last start in left field. Saturday's game will be the 23rd time he's started in left field this season. 

Johnson is batting sixth in the lineup. 


Braves' Kelly Johnson activated from DL; Joey Terdoslavich optioned


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) The Braves activated left fielder Kelly Johnson from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, the team announced.

Johnson has not played since May 13 because of an oblique injury. He is hitting .259 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 81 at-bats this season. Johnson will bat sixth and play in left field for Wednesday's game against the Padres 

To make room for Johnson, the team optioned outfielder Joey Terdoslavich to its Triple-A affiliate. Terdoslavich went 1 for 4 with one home run in four games for the Braves this season.


Braves' Kelly Johnson could come off DL Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Braves utility player Kelly Johnson could come off the disabled list as early as Wednesday against the Padres, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Johnson, who is on the 15-day disabled list due to an oblique injury, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

Braves LF Kelly Johnson goes hitless in rehab game Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Braves outfielder Kelly Johnson went 0 for 3 during his first rehab assignment for the team's Triple-A club Monday. He also struck out once and played left field.

Johnson is on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He has not played since May 13.


Braves' Kelly Johnson to begin rehab assignment Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Braves outfielder Kelly Johnson will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, the team announced.

Johnson has been sidelined since May 13 due to an oblique strain. He has hit .259/.310/.519 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 81 at-bats.


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.