Johnson kept out of lineup for second day

Johnson kept out of lineup for second day

Johnson kept out of lineup for second day
PHOENIX -- He woke up at 4:30 this morning, thought about it, went back to sleep and thought about it some more on the way to the park at 6:30 before he made the decision.

"I just find that what you think two days ago or what you think yesterday night might not be the way you think today," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

So it took some thought to act on what he thought a few days ago, that second baseman Kelly Johnson could use a couple days off.

"He struggled early, got on track and I told you guys when he came out of it before, I saw he wasn't hitting extra as much," Gibson said. "I just sensed it was going the other way."

Johnson struck out three times and doubled on Friday night against the White Sox.

"I think the guy cares so much, I think he just presses," Gibson said. "It's easy for me to say, because as a player, I was guilty of the same thing."

And while Ryan Roberts started at second base on Sunday afternoon, Gibson didn't rule out Johnson seeing the field.

"The good thing is that when you don't start, you have a chance to win the game possibly," Gibson said. "If you didn't start and you had a chance to win the game everyday, that's a pretty good proposition, in my book."

Johnson got his chance, grounding out with the bases loaded as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the D-backs' 8-2 loss. He's hitting .215 with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs on the season.