On the latest edition of Players Talk, Kelly Johnson shares his thoughts on rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, learning a new position at the big-league level and making a run at the playoffs in his first full Major League season.
Although drafted out of high school as a shortstop, Johnson made it to the big leagues for the second half of 2005 as an outfielder. However, an arm injury in Spring Training cost him the entire 2006 season.
The Austin, Texas, native returned to the infield in 2007 to fill the Braves' void at second base and has turned some heads in the process, batting .301 while slugging 12 homers and driving in 57 runs.
Johnson says his attitude at the ballpark has changed dramatically since his first season.
"This year has been much more business-like," Johnson says. "This year, my attitude is: 'Let's get after it, let's learn and be a legitimate contributor to this ballclub. All the excitement is over, let's go out and win a pennant again.'"
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