Johnson entered Friday in a 2-for-35 rut. But most of those at-bats have come off the bench, as Johnson has started two games since that slump began on June 29.
Earlier in the season, Johnson was getting semi-regular time against left-handers in place of Christian Yelich. That trend has all but evaporated, with Yelich seeing lefties better and batting .514 over his nine-game hitting streak.
"[Johnson is] in a tough position where we got him some at-bats early and tried to take care of [Yelich] against the lefties, but Yeli's hit lefties," Redmond said. "That's the tough part about being a bench player. That's kind of the way it goes. But that's a tough way to get out of a slump, for sure."
Still, that hasn't stopped Redmond from finding a way to have Johnson appear in 14 of the Marlins' 18 games this month entering Friday.
"I still like having him in a big situation," Redmond said. "He hasn't got a lot of hits, but he gives you a great at-bat. ... I know if I have a runner in scoring position, and I need a guy to have a great at-bat, I know Reed Johnson's going to give me that whether he gets a hit or not."
In his first season with the Marlins, Johnson is batting .224 (32-for-143) with 10 doubles and 21 RBIs.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.