The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez from the Atlanta Braves for minor league catcher Connor Joe, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Rodriguez to the Pirates is the first move of the August waiver trade season. The Pirates enter play this evening with a record of 53-56 and sit 4 1/2 games behind the Cubs for possession of the NL Central division. The Pirates plan to utilize Rodriguez in multiple ways. He can play all four infield positions and all three outfield positions.
Rodriguez, 32, has played only a month in a Braves uniform. He was expected to miss the whole season but came back earlier than expected after he was involved in a car accident in January. He needed surgery to repair his badly injured left shoulder, as a result of the car accident.
Rodriguez has appeared in only 15 games this season. He has two home runs and 3 RBIs in 37 at-bats, with a batting average of .162. Rodriguez will rejoin his former team where he spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Rodriguez is signed through the 2018 season. He agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million this past offseason with the Braves.