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30 Elliot Johnson RF
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 3/9/1984 | Birthplace: Safford, AZ | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Cleveland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $520,500 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 727.00
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Elliot Johnson in, David Murphy out of Friday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) The Indians have benched right fielder David Murphy in favor of Elliot Johnson for the game Friday night against tough White Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Johnson, who went 0 for 4 as the leadoff hitter in his last start, will bat ninth.

Johnson could be on the verge of a demotion upon the return early next week of rehabbing center fielder Michael Bourn.


Elliot Johnson receives rare chance to play


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Versatile Elliot Johnson, the only Indians hitter with fewer than 14 plate appearances this season, is set to lead off and play right field in the second game of the Wednesday doubleheader against San Diego.

Johnson, who is hitless in five at-bats, nailed down a roster spot with a torrid spring.


Elliot Johnson earns spot in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) A fine spring has already earned Indians all-purpose reserve Elliot Johnson a starting spot - at least for the second game of the regular season. He is set to play right field and bat ninth in the first game of the day-night doubleheader Wednesday in Oakland.

The expected return of Michael Bourn next week will likely limit Johnson's playing time, but the latter could be a regular until then against left-handers such as Wednesday starter and 2013 Indians standout Scott Kazmir.


Indians add Elliot Johnson to 40-man roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The Indians purchased the contract of infielder Elliot Johnson from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. He is hitting .333/.378/.619 with two homers and eight RBI in 42 at-bats this spring.

Elliott Johnson a near-lock to land job with Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The dispatching of outfielder Jeff Francoeur all but ensures a roster spot for Indians jack-of-all-trades Elliot Johnson, who enjoyed a tremendous spring.

He met with Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti on Saturday and has also been the subject of praise by team executive Mark Shapiro.

Johnson struggled at the plate with Tampa Bay a year ago, batting .209 with two home runs and 67 strikeouts in just 254 at-bats. But he has hit consistently well in exhibition play since joining Cleveland.


Cleveland extends spring invite to Elliot Johnson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) The Indians announced Monday they signed infielder Elliot Johnson to a minor-league deal, which includes an invite to spring training. Johnson spent the 2013 season with the Royals and Braves, batting .209 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 111 games.

Braves choose three to non-tender


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) The Braves non-tendered three players prior to Monday's deadline, allowing reliever Cristhian Martinez and infielders Elliot Johnson and Paul Janish to walk as free agents.  

Elliot Johnson continues to play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Braves second baseman Elliot Johnson continues to receive playing time.

Johnson has started seven straight days with the club, and is starting again Tuesday against the Nationals. Even after Dan Uggla has returned, Johnson is the guy getting time at second. He's hitting .197 in 223 at-bats.


Elliot Johnson claimed by Braves


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Former Royals infielder Elliot Johnson has been claimed by the Braves.

Johnson was released by the club recently, but didn't make it through waivers. He's hitting .179 in 162 at-bats. 


Elliot Johnson released by Royals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) The Royals have released infielder Elliot Johnson Monday.

Johnson was designated for assignment Thursday, but managed to get through waivers unclaimed. He is hitting .179/.218/.241 in 162 at-bats. 


Elliot Johnson designated for assignment


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) Royals infielder Elliot Johnson has been designated for assignment Thursday.

After the team acquired Emilio Bonifacio, Johnson was expendable. He's hitting just .179/.218/.241 in 162 at-bats. 


Elliot Johnson keeping same mindset


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) With the demotion of Chris Getz to Triple-A, Royals infielder Elliot Johnson takes over as the team's primary second baseman. Johnson contends his mindset will remain the same despite the increase in playing time.

"I’m not gonna approach it any differently," Johnson said, per The Kansas City Star. "I’m gonna be the same exact guy; expectations are going to be exactly the same for me, just show up and help the team win."

Johnson is batting .308 (8 for 26) with a .538 slugging percentage in his last eight games and is a perfect 11 for 11 on steal attempts this season.

"For the most part," Johnson said, "I feel like I’ve showed up every day and I’m helping the team with my glove one way or the other, even if I’m not getting any hits on that particular day."


Elliot Johnson collects 3 hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2013) Rays infielder Elliot Johnson collected three hits Thursday against the Rays.

Elliot singled twice during the game, and hit his second home run of the season off Jeremy Hellickson. Johnson is now hitting .242/.280/.316 in 95 at-bats this year. 


Elliot Johnson sends average soaring


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.