NEW YORK -- Second baseman Kelly Johnson has fallen on hard times since carrying the Blue Jays during the early stages of the year.
Johnson was one of the club's most valuable hitters during the first two months of the season. He hit .250 with an impressive .352 on-base percentage while also posting eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 43 games.
That's when he suffered a left hamstring injury, and he hasn't quite been the same since. Johnson has just two home runs and six doubles during the ensuing 41 games while posting a .227 average.
"There have been times where he squares some balls up that he's not getting any payoff for," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "There are times when it looks like he is sitting on a certain pitch and he's not getting the pitch he's looking for, which leads him into a caught-in-between area. It's like he's out in front on some changeups, behind on some fastballs."
Johnson, who is a free agent at the end of the season, has an overall average of .240 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs this year.