Johnson didn't make the trip to Washington due to Achilles tendinitis but could be available for this weekend's series against the Mets, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Johnson will get a little time off while dealing with this mild injury, which seems to have been plaguing him for a little time now since his last appearance over a week ago. The right-hander has had a rough last month, sporting a 21.00 ERA and 3.33 WHIP over his last six innings (eight appearances) on the mound.
Johnson will share closing duties with Arodys Vizcaino going forward, Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Probably mix and match maybe and see where we are at in the (opposing) lineups and things like that, and give some (other) guys a chance," Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Sunday's game. Snitker's announcement comes one day after Johnson blew his eighth save of the year, but the decision likely has as much to do with the rebuilding Braves looking to the future as it does with the veteran reliever's actual performance. Johnson's 4.19 ERA does reflect some bad luck as compared to his 2.92 FIP, and he won't be out of the ninth-inning mix entirely, but in fantasy formats where every save isn't necessarily precious, it might be time to consider other options for his roster spot.
Johnson allowed a solo homer while striking out one over one inning to blow the save Saturday against the Phillies. Johnson gave up the homer to Odubel Herrera with one out in the ninth inning to blow his eighth save of the year. Despite the blown saves and a 4.22 ERA, the fact that he has 22 saves makes him a valuable fantasy asset.
Johnson pitched around a double and a walk during a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 22nd save of the season during Thursday's win over the Dodgers. Johnson has provided respectable fantasy numbers this season, but his outlook could change in a hurry in the event of a deadline deal. He's a prime candidate to relocate to a contender that's looking to bolster its bullpen, and in almost all cases, he probably wouldn't be closing out games for his new team. It's a situation to monitor. In the meantime, Johnson remains a solid asset in all settings.
Johnson pitched a perfect inning while striking out one to earn the save Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Johnson was protecting a three-run lead and had no trouble nailing down his 21st save of the season. Although he's blown seven saves while posting a 4.05 ERA, his ability to close out games along with adding six wins makes him an excellent option at relief pitcher.
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