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.