The Braves introduced that catcher Jeff Mathis has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett. As a participant with greater than three years of MLB service, Mathis had the precise to refuse a minor league task. Nonetheless, he has determined to just accept a spot on the Atlanta taxi squad and can stay within the group as non-roster depth, studies David O’Brien of the Athletic (Twitter link).
Atlanta designated Mathis for task after they acquired Kevan Smith from the Rays yesterday. The 38-year-old Mathis had solely gotten into three video games with the Braves earlier than they eliminated him from the roster. He went 0-9 with 5 strikeouts in that restricted stretch.
In fact, Atlanta wasn’t anticipating Mathis to supply a lot on the plate. All through his profession, he’s been among the many league’s least productive hitters. Mathis’ worth is in his high-end protection, and he’s notably well-regarded for his recreation calling and skill to work with a pitching employees. The Braves shall be completely satisfied to maintain the revered veteran round behind their present catching duo of William Contreras and Smith. Projected starter Travis d’Arnaud is out for at the least the following couple of months after tearing a ligament in his thumb.