The Braves selected Flaherty's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. Flaherty looked like he wouldn't be in line to join the Braves in September after being designated for assignment last month, but a spot with the big club opened up for him after outfielder Michael Reed (back) was placed on the 60-day disabled list. The 32-year-old will give the Braves a depth option that can be plugged in all over the infield, but he won't be in store for frequent at-bats unless the team loses multiple key regulars to injury.
Flaherty cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, David O'Brien of The Athletic Atlanta reports. Flaherty hit just .222/.298/.301 across 76 games with the Braves before being designated for assignment earlier in the week. The 32-year-old will serve as organizational infield depth for Atlanta after passing through waivers unclaimed.
Flaherty was designated for assignment prior to Monday's game against Pittsburgh. Flaherty was cast off the 40-man roster in order to make room for Bryse Wilson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett ahead of Monday's start. Dating back to the beginning of June, Flaherty has gone just 3-for-40 while serving in a minimized role. He will now take a spin through waivers to determine where he'll end up next.
Flaherty is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox. As of mid-May, Flaherty had been seeing regular action at third base as part of a platoon with Jose Bautista, but the recent return of Dansby Swanson from the disabled list has allowed Johan Camargo to shift over to the hot corner on an everyday basis. Bautista has since been released, so Flaherty appears poised to serve as the Braves' top utility man, a role that will probably only afford him a start or two per week.
Flaherty is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs. Flaherty will again head to the bench with left-hander Jon Lester taking the mound for the Cubs on Thursday. Jose Bautista will start at third and bat seventh for the Braves in the series finale.