Johnson got his first start Wednesday since before the All-Star break and did not disappoint, going 4-for-4 with four singles in a loss to the Cubs. Johnson has primarily been used off the bench of late, but made the case for more playing time with his big day at the plate. The big day raises Johnson's batting average to .256 on the season.
Johnson is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports. Johnson will get the start as the Mets try to stack left-handed hitters against right-handed ace Max Scherzer. The 34-year-old is hitting .237 with three home runs and 13 RBI through 64 games this season.
Johnson went 1-for-1 with a solo homer Saturday at the Braves. Johnson appeared as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning of a scoreless game, and his third homer of the year won the game for the Mets. Since being acquired from the Braves earlier this month, he's hit two homers in 12 games played.
Johnson is in the lineup for Friday's game against Atlanta. Johnson will be playing third base and batting sixth in the order due to Wilmer Flores' wrist injury. The veteran has gone 8-for-20 with one home run and two RBI for the Mets since being dealt to the team on June 8.
Johnson went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs in Wednesday's 11-2 rout of the Pirates. In five games since being traded from the Braves to the Mets for the second consecutive season, Johnson's gone 7-for-17 with three extra-base hits and a couple walks -- not a bad start after he hit just .215 in 49 games with the Braves to open the season. He should find his way into the lineup reasonably often against right-handed pitching, but don't expect big things from the 34-year-old Johnson.