by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Royals infielder Elliot Johnson had two hits Wednesday against the Angels for his fourth multi-hit game since April 30. Johnson is batting .423 (11 for 26) in his last 10 games (eight starts), raising his average from .118 to .302.
But Johnson has just a double, home run and an RBI in that 10-game stretch.
Royals riding red-hot Elliot Johnson
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) For the fourth time in the past five games, Royals infielder Elliot Johnson earned the start at second base as the team continues to ride his hot streak. Johnson had his modest four-game hitting streak halted Friday but is hitting a solid .357 during the month of May, prompting additional playing time while Chris Getz has sputtered.
"He's swinging the bat well and playing exceptional defense. He's made some nice plays up the middle," manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star. "But when (Chris Getz) gets hot, we'll ride him. Our record with Getz in the lineup is well above .500 for the last two years. He does a lot of things, too. It's just that we're riding Elliot because he's swinging the bat well now."
Elliot Johnson accepts utility role
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Royals infielder Elliot Johnson started a second straight game Wednesday against the Rays in part because of his play Tuesday and starting second baseman Chris Getz was dealing with allergy-related issues, per The Kansas City Star. While Johnson had another strong game Wednesday -- hitting a home run against his former team -- he understands his role is as a bench player.
"My role is pretty well understood and I accept my role," Johnson said. "I’m here to be the utility guy. If they need me out there, I take the opportunity. If not, my job is to be ready for whenever (manager) Ned (Yost) calls my name."
Elliot Johnson provides power vs. former teammates
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Royals infielder Elliot Johnson has struggled to get going, but facing his former team seemed to provide him with a spark Wednesday. Johnson hit his first home run of the season Wednesday in a 9-8 win over the Rays. He went 1 for 4 in the game.
Johnson is batting .208 with one extra-base hit and two RBI in 24 at-bats.
Elliot Johnson a utility line for Royals
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) One of the traits Royals manager Ned Yost seeks in a player is his versatility at several positions.
After arriving in a trade from the Rays during the offseason, Elliot Johnson seems like a natural fit for that billing, as he is capable of filling any spot in the infield and has range to patrol the outfield.
"He's extremely versatile. Depending on situations, I can put him anywhere in the field and feel good about it," Yost told MLB.com. "Switch-hitter, puts the ball in the play. He can do a lot of things. He was a very impressive player for me. He probably impressed me more than anybody we had in camp with his abilities."
Johnson back in action for K.C.
(3/5/2013) After dealing with a bruised shin earlier in camp, Royals shortstop Elliot Johnson returned to action in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the A's. He went 0 for 1 in the 8-2 win.
Johnson suffers bruised shin
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/27/2013) Royals shortstop Elliot Johnson had to leave Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Brewers after playing just one inning due to a bruised shin, reports MLB.com. Carlos Gomez slid into Johnson on a double play. "He's fine, it was more of a precautionary thing," manager Ned Yost said. "He was fighting to stay in the game, but this early, let's get some ice on it."
Johnson willing to be utility man
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/14/2013) Royals newly acquired infielder Elliot Johnson arrived to camp Thursday and has already told MLB.com that he is willing to embrace the utility role. "I like short, I like second, but I like my name in the lineup card more than anything," Johnson said. He also told reporters that he is willing to play anywhere in the field. In fact, he's played just seven games in the outfield during his 200-game career in the majors. "I played out there plenty, even when I was younger and in the Minor Leagues when they started making me a super-U guy," he said. "I'm comfortable out there and I've got plenty of arm for any of the positions out there and plenty of legs for any of them, too."
Rays deal infielder to Royals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/12/2013) The Rays announced Tuesday they traded infielder Elliot Johnson to the Royals to complete the December trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. "What's going to happen, they're going to move me around like a super [utility] guy, and it looks like I'm going to have my outfield glove more than I did in my time with the Rays," Johnson said, per MLB.com. "That's the feel I got from the conversations I had."
E. Johnson placed on waivers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/5/2013) Rays infielder Elliot Johnson was designated for assignment Tuesday.