Clippers expect Johnson today
The Clippers expectutility playerElliot Johnson to arrive in Columbus today and plan to activate him for Sunday's 2 p.m. game against the Syracuse Chiefs in Huntington Park.
The Cleveland Indians designated Johnson for assignment on May 3 and outrighted him to the Clippers yesterday after he passed through waivers unclaimed. Johnson had to accept the assignment and he did rather than become a free agent.
The Indians signed Johnson to a minor-league contract on Jan. 27 with an invitation to spring training. He had a solid spring and made the opening day roster because of that and the fact that he can play any defensive position. He even was listed as the emergency catcher by Cleveland manager Terry Francona.
Johnson, 30, previouslyhas played in the major leagues withTampa Bay, Kansas City and Atlanta. In 2010, he batted .319 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI for the Durham Bulls. The International Leagueselected Johnson as its All Star top utility player at the end of the season.
Clippers manager Chris Tremie said that Johnson would be in the lineup on Sunday. Hewon't necessarily be a middle infielder. "He'll play everywhere," Tremie said. "He'll be all over the infield as well as the outfield."
The Columbus rostercurrentlyis at the maximum25 with 14 pitchers and 11 position players. So a move will have to occur to activate Johnson. Infielder Ryan Rohlinger (right abductor strain) is expected to come 7-day disabled list on Tuesday. That also will require a roster move.