Johnson has been out of action since late-January, but with the Heat suddenly facing elimination, you can bet he will do whatever it takes to get on the court. Even still, Johnson's minutes seem likely to be limited in Game 6. He was a solid player when healthy this season, averaging 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 36 games (five starts).
With the Braves getting set for a matchup with Cubs' lefty Jon Lester, Stubbs will draw the start in center field and bat eighth. The fleet-footed veteran is 5-for-16 opposite left-handed pitchers this season and holds a career .802 OPS against southpaws.
Freeman finally heated up at the dish while out of his typical third spot in the Braves' lineup over the past four games. During that stretch, the two-time All-Star went 8-for-15 with a double and a homer. Freeman will move back into the three hole Friday afternoon against Cubs' lefty Jon Lester.
A confirmation of prior prognosis. Bryant's ankle injury is being labeled a "mild sprain". Reports seem to suggest that he will miss just a few days. Javier Baez will man the hot corner and bat sixth against Braves' righty Aaron Blair on Friday afternoon. Jorge Soler will play left and bat fifth
Soler has bounced in and out of the lineup this season, but with Kris Bryant (ankle) now out of action for at least a few days, the young outfielder should be a short-term regular. Soler carries a lackluster .185/.292/.315 slash line into play opposite Braves' right-hander Aaron Blair.
Baez began the season on the DL, but has since become the beneficiary of additional at-bats due to the injury bug hitting some of his teammates. The young infielder is 8-for-26 with a homer, a double and two steals so far this season.
Bryant's ankle injury is being labeled a "mild sprain". Reports seem to suggest that he will miss just a few days. Javier Baez will man the hot corner and bat sixth against Braves' righty Aaron Blair on Friday afternoon. Jorge Soler will play left and bat fifth.