Braves claim middle IF w/ lower BA than BJ
But he’ll be asked to fill Pena’s role for the Bravos, joining the team in St. Louis tomorrow, according to Carroll Rogers.
Johnson has been awful this year, compiling a .458 OPS in 173 ABs. The switch-hitter, who can play anywhere in the infield, wasn’t bad in 2012, hitting .242 with 6 HR and a .654 OPS. On a positive note, he’s stolen 32 bases in 38 opportunities the last two seasons, including a perfect 14-for-14 in 2013.
A fiery sort, Johnson’s 2008 home plate collision with Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli — during a Spring Training game — is credited with helping the Rays develop a “backbone” en route to their first World Series appearance.
The move is a bit discombobulating — the Royals are supposed to take on the Braves’ castoffs, not the other way around.