Aug 8, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Elliot Johnson (23) gets the out at second base and throws to first for a double play to end the game against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves claim Elliot Johnson on waivers from Kansas City Royals

The Atlanta Braves claimed infielder Elliot Johnson off waivers after being released by the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals released Johnson in order to make room for newly acquired utility man Emilio Bonifacio who was picked up from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Johnson is hitting .179/.218/.241 over 79 games this season and has 14 stolen bases on 14 attempts. He plays short stop and second base and is a switch hitter. The infielder has a career batting line of .212/.267/.313 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI’s.

The Kansas City Royals acquired Elliot Johnson from the Tampa Bay Rays as a player to be named on December 9th, 2012 which landed them James Shield and Wade Davis in a four prospect package that included outfielder Wil Myers.

The Atlanta Braves need help in their infield after Dan Uggla had eye surgery and Tyler Pastornicky went down with a season ending knee injury which required surgery. He could see some playing time at both shortstop and second base.

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