Reed Johnson placed on disabled list

Updated: July 30, 2013, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have placed reserve outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with left heel tendinitis.

Johnson, who leads major league pinch hitters with a .355 batting average and a .444 on-base percentage, is the third Atlanta outfielder currently on the DL.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that center fielder B.J. Upton, sidelined by a right hip strain, is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. Reserve outfielder Jordan Schafer, out with a bruised right ankle, could begin with Gwinnett as early as Saturday.

Atlanta purchased the contract of Todd Cunningham from Gwinnett to take Johnson's spot on the 25-man roster.

Cunningham hit .279 with 18 stolen bases in 19 games at Gwinnett.


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