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McLouth sent to G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE — For the first time since 2005, Nate McLouth is officially in the minors.

The Atlanta Braves optioned the outfielder to Class AAA Gwinnett on Tuesday after activating him from the disabled list less than a week ago. The team activated outfielder Brent Clevlen who had been rehabbing with the G-Braves since July 23. Clevlen has been on the disabled list since May 24 with lingering right toe injury. In his three rehab starts with the G-Braves, Clevlen went 2-for-9.

When McLouth was activated July 21, the Braves returned Gregor Blanco to the G-Braves despite a .310 average in 36 games in Atlanta. Blanco is still an option for Atlanta but has not been down with Gwinnett the requisite 10 games. He will be eligible to return to the bigs July 30.

For McLouth, it has been a rough two seasons with the Braves since he arrived in June 2009 in a trade with Pittsburgh. He missed 17 games with a hamstring injury last year, hitting .257 with 59 runs scored and a .354 on-base percentage.

Things just got worse this season. McLouth is hitting .168 in 62 games with Atlanta and spent the bulk of June on the disabled list with concussion-like symptoms. He hit .258 in seven rehab starts with the G-Braves before returning to Atlanta. In five games before Tuesday’s demotion, McLouth went 1-for-15.