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After Monday night’s win over the Marlins, the Braves announced that Brooks Conrad, Luiz Valdez and Clint Sammons will join the big league club when the rosters are expanded on Tuesday.
Conrad instantly became a fan favorite with the energy he displayed while hitting .344 with two homers in 14 games with Atlanta earlier this year. The gritty infielder’s power potential could bolster Atlanta’s bench.
Sammons will provide the Braves a third catcher for the season’s final month and Valdez, who has notched 26 saves and posted a 3.33 ERA in 57 appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett this year, will provide bullpen depth.
Kelly Johnson regained his swing with Triple-A Gwinnett and he returned to Turner Field on Thursday morning wearing the smile that had been absent at the beginning of this month.
The Braves have activated Johnson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Brooks Conrad to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Johnson, who has been on the disabled list since July 3, is looking forward to serving as a role player for the Braves. He knows that there will be some days when he’s given an opportunity to spell Martin Prado at second base.
And to prove he’s regained his sense of humor, Johnson said there may
be some days when he chooses to insert some eye drops in Prado’s
coffee — Wedding Crashers-style.
“I’m not worried about getting at-bats,” Johnson said. “Playing for Bobby Cox that’s something you never have to worry about.”
Johnson, who had hit .191 in his previous 39 game before being placed on the disabled list, hit .308 and collected 16 RBIs in 12 games with Gwinnett.
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.