Michaels -- who went 9-for-37 with a homer and seven RBIs this spring -- became expendable once Johnson decided that outfielder Xavier Nady would be given a chance to make the team as a bench player.
"I understood going in that nothing is a lock," Michaels said on Thursday. "I had to work my way on the team. I'll tell you: This is a great team, a lot of talent. I guess I wasn't the right fit. But I was very [grateful] for the opportunity to come here and compete."