The Braves signed shortstop Julio Lugo to a minor league deal Monday, adding some veteran depth to the middle infield. Lugo will work his way back into shape at the Braves complex in Orlando before reporting to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Lugo, 35, was originally drafted by the Astros and played the first four of his 11 major league seasons in Houston. The career .270 hitter played his last full season with an every-day job for the Boston Red Sox in 2007. He hit .249 (60-for-241) with no homers and 20 RBIs in 93 games last season for Baltimore. He plays primarily shortstop and second base.
He will reportedly make a pro-rated portion of $650,000 for time spent in the major leagues.
Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy expects to begin playing light catch in the next few days as he continues his rehabilitation from a strained left oblique. He hasn’t picked up a ball since May 13 when he was injured in a start against the Phillies.
Beachy is working out with Braves physical