Johnson placed on the disabled list
Kelly Johnson will have to wait until after the All-Star break to attempt regain regular playing time. The Braves have placed him on the 15-day disabled list with right wrist tendinitis.
Brooks Conrad has been promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Johnson’s roster spot. Conrad has hit .259 with nine homers and a .769 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) in 73 games this year.
After Martin Prado produced a four-hit, four-RBI performance during Tuesday night’s win over the Phillies, he learned that he had earned the opportunity to serve as the Braves everyday second baseman. He’d spent most of the previous month platooning with Johnson.
Johnson, who has hit .198 with three homers and a .590 OPS in his past 63 games, began this season as Atlanta’s everyday second baseman and leadoff hitter.
Conrad, who was acquired by the Braves as a six-year free agent this offseason, made his Major League debut with the A’s last year. During his brief six-game stint in the Majors, he recorded three hits, including a double, in 19 at-bats.
While Prado will continue to serve as the everyday second baseman, Conrad will provide the Braves bench with right-handed power potential. He combined for 95 homers while spending each of the past four seasons at the Triple-A level with the Astros and A’s.