Brignac has cleared waivers and will be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports. After getting designated for assignment Friday, Brignac will elect to remain in the organization, rather than become a free agent. A backup infielder for one of the most offensively-challenged teams in baseball likely wasn't going to get much attention on the free agent market anyway.
Brignac was designated for assignment by the Braves on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Many of the Braves' infield options have been struggling at the plate this season, and Brignac was no different. In his limited at-bats, the 30-year-old could only muster a .207 batting average with three runs and a lone RBI. This performance led the Braves to send him off the 40-man roster, presumably in favor of younger players in the organization. A corresponding move has yet to be made, but Atlanta will likely need a new reserve infielder while Brignac heads to the minors to act as organizational depth.
Brignac went singled and doubled in his two at-bats while scoring two runs and driving in another in Tuesday's 12-9 loss to the Pirates. Brignac came off the bench to replace Kelly Johnson and helped give hope to the Braves during a seventh-inning rally, but the team ultimately fell short to drop to 9-29 on the season. Johnson and Erick Aybar remain the Braves' primary starters in the middle infield, but Aybar in particular has been dreadful at the dish this season and could surrender more at-bats to Brignac in the near future.
Brignac is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Brignac has made back-to-back starts at the hot corner, but will give way to Daniel Castro on Sunday, while Chase d'Arnaud takes over at second base. Look for the infield shuffle to continue in Atlanta, as the Braves have used seven different players to occupy the starting second and third base jobs this season.
Brignac is in the lineup and batting sixth for Tuesday's game against the Mets. Brignac will start for the second straight day after having his contract selected by Atlanta on Monday. Although he went 0-for-4 in his Brave debut, he had been crushing the ball at the Triple-A level, going .329/.422/.400, and his versatility should allow him to find playing time in a struggling Braves lineup.
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