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Chris Johnson to Start at Third Base for Atlanta Braves

April 22nd, 2013 at 8:51 AM
By Cody Fields

Both Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco have been hitting well for the Atlanta Braves, and Fredi Gonzalez was affirmative to Johnson taking over the third base job when Freddie Freeman returns from the disabled list.

 

"He'll play third," Gonzalez said on braves.com. "The guy is leading the league in hitting."

Johnson is hitting a ridiculous .418 heading into Monday's opener with the Colorado Rockies and will likely start all three games, even though right-handers are on the hill in the final two contests.

Francisco started out well and is still hitting .292, but he went just 1-for-9 in the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Freeman coming off the DL will also aid the cause. He was hitting .412 through five games when the Braves shut him down with an oblique injury. He can only help an Atlanta lineup that has hit .179 and averaged 1.8 runs per game in their last four.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chris Johnson, Juan Francisco, MLB

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