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Tigers take a flier, claim outfield prospect Dustin Peterson from Braves

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
The Tigers claimed Dustin Peterson on Thursday.

Detroit — The Tigers plucked outfielder Dustin Peterson off waivers from Atlanta Thursday afternoon and assigned him to Triple-A Toledo.

Catcher-first baseman John Hicks was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to clear a roster spot for him.

Peterson, who turns 24 on Monday, is a former second-round pick of the Padres who played in two games with the Braves this season. He had his ascent to the big-leagues stalled by a wrist injury early in 2017.

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He had hit 10 home runs and knocked in 88 runs in Double-A in 2016 and hit .324 in the Arizona Fall League that year. But his batting average plummeted to .248 and he hit just one home run in 2017 as he worked his way back from the injury.

This year in Triple-A, he hit .268 with a .406 slugging percentage, 11 home runs and 55 RBIs, despite intermittent issues with the wrist.

In another move late Thursday, the Tigers released Triple-A lefty Josh Smoker. The 40-man roster now is at 39 players.