Kelly Johnson has surprisingly been one of the Braves’ best hitters after rejoining the team on a minor-league deal, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
Johnson hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2010, but hit .259 with six homers and an .829 OPS in 28 games for the Braves while seeing time at third base and the outfield corners.
He leads the team in homers and has been batting cleanup, although our own Craig Calcaterra would say that has more to do with the sad state of the Braves’ current roster than anything else.
Out since May 10 with wrist tendinitis, Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay has been placed on the disabled list and his roster spot will be filled by Triple-A call-up Xavier Scruggs.
Jay hit just .248 with a .598 OPS through 30 games after coming into the season as a career .295 hitter with a .755 OPS and this is the same wrist he had surgery on in October, adding the worry.
Peter Bourjos will serve as the Cardinals’ primary center fielder and Scruggs will be used as a bench bat and part-time corner outfielder/first baseman. In addition to being a member of the All Name First Team–seriously, “Xavier Scruggs” is great–he’s hit .276 with 27 homers and an .869 OPS in 165 total games at Triple-A.
Yasiel Puig’s minor-league rehab assignment was shut down due to a setback with his strained hamstring and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted that the outfielder is “at least a couple weeks” from potentially coming off the disabled list.
Puig aggravated the hamstring injury while running to first base Monday at Single-A and Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Dodgers are now planning to take things very slow with his recovery to guard against more setbacks.
Andre Ethier has been killing the ball as Puig’s fill-in and the Dodgers are winning, so there’s no rush at the moment. Puig hit .279 with two homers and an .845 OPS in 11 games before the injury.