The Angels announced that catcher René Rivera was claimed on waivers by the Braves.
Rivera, 35, suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in May and didn’t return until a couple weeks ago. He had been the backup to Martin Maldonado, but Maldonado was traded to the Astros near the end of July. With Rivera now out of the picture in Anaheim, Francisco Arcia figures to take over starting duties with José Briceño backing him up.
Rivera hit .244/.287/.439 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 87 plate appearances this season. He will rank third on the Braves’ depth chart at catcher behind Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Flowers.
Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.
Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.
Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.
Happy trails to an excellent reliever.