The Mets reacquired Johnson from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a trade that sent minor league righty Akeel Morris to the Braves.
Johnson, a versatile utilityman who can play in both the infield and outfield, spent the 2015 season with the Mets and hit .250/.304/.414 with five home runs in 49 games. Johnson’s bat has been a little cooler this season in Atlanta, where he’s hit .215/.273/.289 in the same number of games he played for the Mets last year. He will wear #55 for the team.
The Mets’ infield has been decimated by injuries this season with David Wright, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, and Travis d’Arnaud all missing significant action. Johnson, who played every defensive position for the Mets last year other than catcher and center field, is expected to help shore things up for the team.
Ty Kelly, who was called up from Las Vegas to make his major league debut in May, hit only .174 for the team in 23 trips to the plate. He returns to Vegas, where he was hitting a sizzling .391 before his call-up.