Originally created 11/25/03

Braves claim Gary Matthews Jr. off waivers



ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves claimed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. off waivers Monday from the San Diego Padres.

Matthews, whose father played for the Braves from 1977-80, hit .271 with four home runs, 22 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 103 games for San Diego. The Padres claimed him off waivers May 23 from Baltimore, where he hit .204 with two homers and 20 RBI in 41 games.

Matthews, 29, was a 13th-round selection of the Padres in 1993. He also has played for the Cubs, Pirates and Mets. Over five major league seasons, Matthews has averaged .241 and hit 31 home runs and 145 RBIs in 510 games.