The Braves have designated Joe Mather for assignment, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via Twitter). The move was made in order to create space for the returning Nate McLouth.
Mather, 28, has a .228/.283/.384 slash line in parts of three big league seasons. The former third-round draft pick has seen time at both infield corners and all three outfield positions in the majors.
Atlanta actually placed Mather on waivers at the end of May but the utility player made it through just two days later. So far in 2011, Mather is hitting .213/.272/.307 with a home run in 83 plate appearances.