Braves place R. Johnson on DL; Cunningham recalled

Braves place R. Johnson on DL; Cunningham recalled

Braves place R. Johnson on DL; Cunningham recalled

ATLANTA -- The Braves placed reserve outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with left Achilles tendinitis after Monday night's game and purchased the contract of Todd Cunningham from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Johnson sustained the injury while running to first base during a pinch-hit opportunity in the eighth inning of Sunday's game. The 13-year veteran has appeared in 66 games this season for the Braves, primarily as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement, hitting .263 with 11 RBIs in 126 plate appearances.

The switch-hitting Cunningham has posted a .283 average with two home runs and 30 RBIs for Gwinnett and is the No. 8 prospect in the Braves organization, according to MLB.com. While he has played 92 games in center field for Gwinnett this season, Cunningham's speed enables him to cover any of the three outfield positions, if called upon.

Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.