Johnson, who went 2-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Angels on Sunday, experienced cramping in both legs in recent days, and when the discomfort intensified, the club took a precautionary approach by removing him in the seventh inning of Saturday's 6-2 loss to Los Angeles. Johnson looked fine in the first inning Sunday, when he legged out an infield single.
"He has a history of some dehydration things that he has to maintain," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He was cramping up the day before, and because of those cramps on Friday night, he felt a little bit sore coming into yesterday, and it was kind of hanging around late in the game. When he got through that last at-bat, we were going to get him off his feet."
Johnson finished Sunday's game with the Major League lead in home runs (six) among second basemen. He also ranked second in walks (18), third in runs (20) and fourth in RBIs with 14.
The 30-year-old veteran began the year as Toronto's No. 2 hitter but was recently promoted to the leadoff spot. It was an alignment that Farrell experimented with in Spring Training and one he plans on sticking with for the foreseeable future.