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Resting Achilles, Johnson aims for playoffs

ATLANTA -- As the regular season moves into its final month, Reed Johnson continues to rest his troublesome left Achilles, having narrowed the focus of his rehab to getting himself fully prepared for a return in time for the playoffs.

"We've kind of picked out an area in September where I've got enough time to start the rehab again, start the running, get at-bats and get myself ready for the playoffs," Johnson said. "I feel like that's the most important thing."

The 11-year veteran has hit .263 in 66 appearances split between the three outfield spots for the Braves this season, but he has been sidelined since July 28 after he felt his Achilles grab while running down the first-base line. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis one night later.

Eric Single is an associate reporter for
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