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The Braves claim Elliot Johnson on waivers for some reason

Aug 21, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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The Braves announced that they have claimed infielder Elliot Johnson off release waivers from the Royals.

Dan Uggla goes out for eye surgery, Tyler Pastornicky goes down with a torn ACL. Heck, a few minutes ago Paul Janish tried to lay down a squeeze bunt with two strikes on him and helped kill a rally, so as far as I’m concerned every Braves infielder not named Simmons nor Freeman can take a hike. So this doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it might otherwise.

Not that it helps them beyond supplying a warm body. He hit a mere .179/.218/.241 over 79 games this season and really doesn’t have much defensive value either. Rosters expand in ten days or so, so it’s not like keeping him on the roster will cause too many problems.

 

  1. Preston R. Michelson - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    They claimed him off of release waivers, so is he placed on the 40-man? If not, I guess it’s a “break-glass-in-case-of-emergency” type of move.

  2. beast2727 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    So the Chris Johnson the nl’s leading hitter can take a hike?

    • tigersfandan - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Yeah, around the bases.

    • bravojawja - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      You mean today’s clean up hitter? (Who hit a game-winning 3-run HR in the 10th?)

      • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Oversight. Apologies.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      You’re implying there’s only room for one Johnson on the braves?

    • duvisited - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Aside from the shortstop, and the first baseman, and the third baseman, and the two utility infielders with season-ending injuries, the Braves’ infielders have been really terrible this year.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    This smacks of Rubenitis.

    • The Rabbit - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Yeah, it does FC
      But as we have discussed numerous times, you can never have too many Dickeys and Johnsons.

  4. mlblogsbig3bosox - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Well, actually his defense is above average so.. there’s that.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      I would agree. He was good in the field for the Royals this season and played at least 3 different positions. For “a player to be named later” in the Shields trade he was worth it. I was surprised they let him go. I guess Chris Getz still keeps the distinction of being the .200 hitter and gritty player on the Royals.

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Why be bothered at all? He’s deep depth, able to play anywhere except pitcher and catcher. The only way this pickup even matters is if the Braves need him to play regularly.

    • duvisited - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Well, until Uggla shows that he’s recovered from eye surgery, the Braves may actually need to play Johnson regularly.

  6. The Boxer Rebellion - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Clown move, bro. We have enough infielders who play good D but can’t hit. And we even have one who can’t hit or play D (Uggla). Bring back Infante!!!

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