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With Chris Johnson out, Braves plan to stick with platoon at third base

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Despite Chris Johnson's injury, the Braves are planning to stick with platoon at third base.

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Chris Johnson is expected to miss the next 3-6 weeks due to a fractured hand, but Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is planning on sticking with a platoon at third base.

Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Cunningham on Friday that he will continue to mix and match at third base primarily with Alberto Callaspo and utility man Phil Gosselin.

"Here's a guy that doesn't strike out, puts the ball in play, gets on base," Gonzalez said. "He can play a couple positions. I'm pleased (with his production). He's another guy like Gosselin—and you have to put labels on players—but I think he is a guy you give him a breather twice a week, three times a week and you match him up well I think you get a lot of production. If you run him in there every single day he may not be as productive."

Gonzalez also mentioned the possibility of an addition from the minor leagues. The Braves are currently carrying an extra pitcher after Mike Foltynewicz took the place of Johnson on the active roster.

Callaspo had been platooning with Johnson and made his 11th start at third base on Friday. Gosselin has started at third just once this season but will likely see more action over the next few weeks.