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.
HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.
Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.
He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.