BRADENTON — Kelly Johnson spent 2005, his rookie year, in left field before elbow surgery sidelined him for an entire season.
As he rehabbed, he worked with then-Atlanta Braves coach Glenn Hubbard to make a transformation: He became a second baseman. He played there exclusively from 2007 forward. He credited Hubbard for prolonging his career by giving him a place, putting him in a position.
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