Micah Johnson spent most of 2016 in Oklahoma City after coming over in a trade from the White Sox and did little to show he deserves regular playing time in the majors. He hit a middling .261/.321/.356 in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League and, more worryingly, was caught stealing 11 times against 26 successes. Considering his speed is his best tool and he was unable to reliably get steals against upper-level batteries, it is hard to project him as an asset in that category in the big leagues. He got a couple days in the majors in April, then came back up after the Triple-A season had ended in September, but received only six plate appearances due to being buried in the second base depth chart of an organization that prizes infield versatility. Johnson seemed to be in line for a crack at the major league second base job with the Dodgers, but following a trade to the Braves over the offseason, his spot on the major league roster is certainly more questionable. He could give Jace Peterson a run for his money at second base during the spring, but Johnson's ceiling for 2017 is still fairly low regardless of his initial showing with his new club.
Johnson will undergo surgery Friday to repair a fractured wrist. Johnson injured his wrist Tuesday, and although his initial X-rays came back clean, it seems that a much bigger issue was present than initially thought. He was in the running for a bench spot with Atlanta, but now he'll need to start the season on the disabled list and likely will cede that final reserve role to Emilio Bonifacio. A firmer timetable for Johnson's return should come out after he goes through with the operation.
Johnson (wrist) will undergo an MRI to further evaluate the extent of his injury, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. X-ray results have already come back clean, but the team feels additional tests should provide a better prognosis. Johnson is battling for a bench role with Emilio Bonifacio, despite hitting just .222 through 36 at-bats this spring.
Johnson sprained his left wrist while making a diving catch in Tuesday's spring training game, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. It's a tough break for Johnson, who was battling it out for the final bench spot with Emilio Bonifacio. He's likely the underdog in the battle, as he is slashing just .206/.250/.353 in 14 games this spring, and it's unclear now if he'll get another shot to prove himself with the injury. He underwent X-rays that came back clean, so consider him day-to-day until the Braves update his status.
Johnson could be competing with Emilio Bonifacio for the final spot on the Braves' bench, Mike Nabors of MLB.com reports. Although he's primarily been a second baseman coming up through the minors, Johnson is taking extra reps in the outfield this spring as he attempts to make the transition to utility player. Bonifacio has plenty of experience in exactly that role, however, and Johnson's struggles at the plate so far -- he's hitting .182 (4-for-22) -- would seem to make him the underdog in the job battle. Whichever player breaks camp on the 25-man roster wouldn't see enough playing time to have real fantasy value, however.
Johnson was traded to the Braves on Friday for cash or a player to be named later. Johnson hasn't shown much to indicate that he can stick in the big leagues, but he should at least get a shot at a roster spot during spring training with the Braves. Johnson spent most of 2016 with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, where he put up a .677 OPS as a 25-year-old and was 26-for-37 on stolen bases. He has a .226/.299/.264 in 119 career major league plate appearances.