He has been baseball’s most prolific pinch-hitter for the past two seasons and Reed Johnson hates that he’s still watching from the disabled list as the Braves try to clinch both a division title and home-field advantage for the National League playoffs.

The veteran outfield has been out five weeks with Achilles tendinitis and this week lingering soreness forced him to stop the daily running he’d done for more than a week as part of his rehab program. He still hopes to be ready to play by late September so he can be ready for the playoffs but he knows time has become an issue.

“It’s really frustrating” said Johnson 36. “It’s at that time of the year where I feel like I want to be a part of this. Definitely want to get myself some at-bats before we move into the playoffs. But at the same time if I continue to do the same things that I’ve been doing in the past as far as like irritating it every other day and testing it every day I feel like I’m going to do that for four weeks and be watching the playoffs from home.”

Despite being out more than a month Johnson’s 11 pinch hits were tied for second in the majors before Wednesday and his .355 pinch-hit average led the majors. A year ago he went 18-for-43 (.455) as a pinch-hitter and had five more pinch-hits than anyone else in baseball.

He has started games at all three outfield positions this season and hit .327 in 49 at-bats against left-handers. He was 11-for-37 (.297) with a double a triple and a .350 OBP in his last 16 games before going on the DL.