Washington – After five games of watching Nate McLouth continue to scuffle, the Braves optioned the center fielder to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, hoping time away from the pressures of a pennant race will help him get straight.
The Braves activated outfielder Brent Clevlen from a rehabilitation assignment, and he was scheduled to arrive in Washington during Tuesday night’s game.
McLouth had managed only one hit in 15 at-bats in his return from the disabled list, and that hit was a broken bat single. He grounded into an inning-ending bases-loaded double play in the 11th inning Sunday in Florida in one of his few hard hit balls.
“We hoped during the DL stint it would be long enough for him to get consistent at-bats and get in a groove,” said Braves general manager Frank Wren, who met with McLouth along with manager Bobby Cox about 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“At the time it did appear he was making good progress,” Wren continued. “But it kind of felt like he reverted back