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Chicago Cubs Reed Johnson runs to third on a double by Ryan Theriot in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, Wednesday, July 29, 2009. The Cubs defeated the Astros, 12-0. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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The Atlanta Braves have placed reserve outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with left heel tendinitis. Johnson, who leads major league pinch hitters with a .355 batting average and a .444 on-base percentage, is the third Atlanta outfielder currently on the DL. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that center fielder B.J. Upton, sidelined by a right hip strain, is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. Reserve outfielder Jordan Schafer, out with a bruised right ankle, could begin with Gwinnett as early as Saturday. Atlanta purchased the contract of Todd Cunningham from Gwinnett to take Johnson's spot on the 25-man roster. Cunningham hit .279 with 18 stolen bases in 19 games at Gwinnett.
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