ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Kansas City Royals to bolster their injury-plagued roster.
The 28-year-old Hamilton is a five-time Gold Glove finalist and switch-hitter who gives Atlanta some defensive options and speed off the bench. He played in 93 games for the Royals, hitting .211 with 18 stolen bases.
Hamilton spent six years with the Reds before signing with Kansas City as a free agent for this season. He is a career .242 hitter with 295 stolen bases, including four straight seasons with more than 50 steals in Cincinnati.
The Braves also announced that right-handed reliever Wes Parsons was claimed off waivers by Colorado. Atlanta designated him for assignment last week.
In addition, Atlanta optioned right-hander Bryse Wilson to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled right-hander Jacob Webb.
The NL East-leading Braves announced the moves during an off day Monday. They are short-handed because of injuries to outfielders Nick Markakis, Austin Riley and Ender Enciarte, as well as shortstop Dansby Swanson.
New fan safety netting
set for SunTrust Park
The Braves said Monday that they will extend the protective netting at SunTrust Park to the foul poles to better safeguard fans.
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The project should be completed by the end of September, “barring any complications,” the Braves said.
The Braves join 10 other MLB teams that have announced this summer plans to extend the netting to or near the foul poles in their stadiums to protect fans from injuries inflicted by line-drive foul balls.“
The extension will provide additional protection for our fans while preserving the overall game day experience as much as possible,” the Braves said in a statement.
Braves executives declined to comment on the matter Monday beyond the brief statement posted on the team’s official Twitter account.
The netting currently runs from behind home plate to the far end of both dugouts at SunTrust Park.
The extension will place nets in front of all lower-level seating sections from behind the plate to the foul poles, according to the Braves.
Braves manager Brian Snitker last week expressed his support for extended netting in baseball stadiums.
“I stopped watching balls go into the stands when I was a third-base coach because I did not want to turn around and see a young kid get hit,” Snitker said last week. “I did a couple of times, and it makes you sick to your stomach when you see that.”
As injuries caused by foul balls draw increased scrutiny around MLB, the Braves join the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals in announcing plans for extended netting.
Those teams have said in the past two months that they will extend the nets in their stadiums to or near the outfield foul poles by the start of next season or have already done so.