"It felt awesome," he said. "It's fun to be back with the team, back on the big league field taking BP."
Before fracturing the hand on a headfirst slide into second base against the Reds on April 30, Johnson was hitting .279 with a .719 OPS in 43 at-bats. After watching Sunday's game against the Brewers in Atlanta, Johnson will start a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett before joining the Braves for a road series in San Francisco on Thursday.
"I'm going to play [Monday] in Gwinnett and we'll go from there," Johnson said. "I've been missing the guys, missing the games. Staying in the hotel down in Orlando, it's hard because I only get the games on TV. ... It's going to be a lot of fun today to hang out and watch the game, and just be a part of the team."
Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.