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Braves pick up club option on Eric Hinske

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ATLANTA (AP)

The Atlanta Braves have picked up their club option on utility player and pinch-hitter Eric Hinske.

The Braves on Monday did not release terms on their 2012 contract for Hinske. The team also confirmed it declined its club option on outfielder Nate McLouth.

The 34-year-old Hinske hit .233 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 236 at-bats this season while playing left field, right field and first base. He has five pinch-hit home runs in two seasons with the Braves.

Hinske, the AL rookie of the year with Toronto in 2002, has a .252 career batting average with 134 homers.

McLouth hit .228 last season and was not part of the team's plans in center field after the midseason trade for Michael Bourn.

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