Video: Kelly Johnson on day in leftfield
Tampa Bay Rays veteran Kelly Johnson predicted he may have an interesting day Wednesday, his first appearance in leftfield since 2005.
Johnson, 31, joked he just wanted to "manage expectations."
But Johnson handled himself well in two innings in left, getting his share of action. Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez ripped a double over his head, and off the wall, in the second. Two batters later, Johnson charged a single by Gaby Sanchez, holding Alvarez at third. He also had a single and was hit by a pitch in two at-bats.
"I felt all right out there," Johnson said. "I didn't feel too much like a fish out of water. It's different, I'll say that. It definitely breaks up the routine to go and mix it up and see it from a different angle."
Johnson, who has been primarily a second baseman throughout his career, will get some looks in leftfield as the Rays hope his versatility will work out for both him and the team. Johnson said he's done some early work in the outfield each of the past four days, and is open to the challenge.
"When he's writing the lineup, it gives me another opportunity to be in the lineup," Johnson said. "That's all I can hope for."