Braves claim INF/OF Travis Demeritte off waivers

The Detroit Tigers' Travis Demeritte scores from third base on a wild pitch by Nate Jones of the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Friday, July 31, 2020. The Tigers won, 7-2. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images/TNS)
The Detroit Tigers' Travis Demeritte scores from third base on a wild pitch by Nate Jones of the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Friday, July 31, 2020. The Tigers won, 7-2. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images/TNS)

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The Braves claimed infielder/outfielder Travis Demeritte off waivers Friday, the team announced.

Demeritte, 26, recently was designated for assignment by the Tigers to make room on the 40-man roster for re-signed second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Detroit acquired Demeritte, along with lefty Joey Wentz, from the Braves in the Shane Greene deal at the 2019 trade deadline.

It’s another homecoming for the Winder-Barrow High School product. Demeritte, whom the Rangers took in the first round of the 2013 draft, was traded to the Braves in 2016. He made his MLB debut in August 2019 following the trade to the Tigers. The Braves, meanwhile, benefited from a season-and-a-half of Greene, who was an important member of their bullpen. Greene, 32, currently is a free agent.

Demeritte hit .217/.284/.323 with three homers in 219 plate appearances for Detroit (66 games). He’ll join a lengthy list of versatile players competing for spots on the Braves’ bench.

The Braves released right-hander Jeremy Walker to make room on the 40-man roster, which is full. Walker appeared in six games in 2019, but spent last season on the injured list with a right-shoulder impingement.

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