The Atlanta Braves claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Monday, the team announced.
The Royals designated the struggling Hamilton for assignment on Friday.
Atlanta made the move after learning outfielder Ender Inciarte will likely miss more than a month due to the hamstring injury he suffered on Friday. Inciarte is batting .246 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 65 games.
The 28-year-old Hamilton is batting just .211 with no homers and 12 RBIs. He has 18 steals in 93 games.
The Royals signed Hamilton to a one-year deal in the offseason.