The veteran started the series finale against the Royals at designated hitter with Paul Konerko out of the lineup. In his previous seven games since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte, he went 5-for-11 with a double, an RBI, three walks and three runs scored.
Johnson knows a thing or two about a playoff chase. He was part of the thrilling festivities on the final day of the regular season last year as a member of the Rays. He hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against the Yankees. The Rays famously won the game on a walk-off home run by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the 12th inning to earn a spot in the playoffs.