Prior to today's series finale against the Texas Rangers, The Braves have activated outfielder Nate McLouth from the disabled list. McLouth went on the DL on May 23 with a strained muscle in his left side.
At the time of his injury, McLouth was hitting .238 with three home runs and a steal in 164 at-bats. While he was injured, Jordan Schafer was called up and showed better range in center along with a better arm.
Because of this, McLouth will play left field for the Braves until Martin Prado returns in which a decision will have to be made about outfield playing time. McLouth is starting in left today for the Braves and hitting seventh. He went 3-6 with an RBI during his rehab assignment for AAA Gwinnett.
To make room on the roster, outfielder Joe Mather was designated for assignment by the team. Claimed off waivers from St.Louis in the off-season, Mather was hitting just .213 at the plate with one home run on the year.
For the month of June, Mather went 3-32 with the bat, good for an .094 average that just wasn't going to cut it.
Per a tweet from David O'Brien at the AJC,
"Braves hope to keep Mather, if he clears waivers and doesn't opt for free agency. It's 2nd time he's outrighted, can become free agent."