He re-signed with the Braves on Nov. 30 for $2.5 million.
Johnson briefly appeared to be getting back close to top form when he strung together seven scoreless appearances between April 15 and April 28, allowing only two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings during that period. But then he gave up four hits and five runs over two appearances at Chicago on April 29 and May 1, recording only one out in each of those games.
He didn’t pitch again for five days, then gave up home runs in consecutive appearances Friday and Sunday against Arizona, the latter a two-run homer in the 11th inning of a 5-3 loss.
“We sat down with him on Sunday after the game and talked to him for a long time, and we told him what we wanted him to do,” Gonzalez said. “We said we’ll have a plan set for when you get back. Our No. 1 goal is for him to be healthy, for him to pitch like he did the first half of the season last year — I mean, they’re might not have been another right-handed reliever in the National League that had his kind of numbers that first half.
“Again, I think he’ll be fine come 16, 17 days, whenever he’s ready. We’ve got a plan, he’s going to pitch, he’s going to rehab in Orlando and all that kind of stuff, strengthening, and hopefully we get him back soon.”