Braves claim Elliot Johnson off waivers from Royals

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves have claimed utility infielder Elliot Johnson of unconditional release waivers from the Kansas City Royals, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

Johnson plays both middle infield positions and is a very good defender. At the plate, Johnson is hitting .179 with a .218 OBP with 14 steals on the season. He hits from both sides of the plate and has a career batting average of .212. While he isn't a very good hitter, he does steal bases very well.

With Dan Uggla out after having eye surgery and Tyler Pastornicky having knee surgery, Atlanta needed a utility infielder. The Braves will be Johnson's third team. He previously played for the Rays in '08 and '11-'12 and has spent the majority of this season with the Kansas City Royals.

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