Joe Mather came to Braves camp a favorite to win a utility spot after the Braves claimed him off waivers from the Cardinals, eager to see what he could do after two years battling a hand and wrist injuries.
He wound up back on waivers though, after he failed to show the Braves much with his bat. Mather, who hit .137 (7-for-51) this spring, cleared waivers on Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett. From there he still figures into the Braves plans, if he can turn a corner offensively.
“We like him,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “We think he’s a good fit for our ball club. We’ve just got to get some additional work in offensively, which we’ve made him aware of and he’s aware of. He didn’t have a good offensive spring, but he did all the other things that we hoped he would do, which is play multiple positions and play them well.”
Mather will see action at first and third base and all three outfield positions in Gwinnett, while trying to