Franco clears waivers, rejoins Braves

Updated: July 18, 2007, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Julio Franco will get another chance to swing the bat in the big leagues.

The 48-year-old utilityman signed with Atlanta on Wednesday, rejoining the Braves a week after he was cut by the New York Mets.

Franco cleared waivers during the Braves' game against Cincinnati. Atlanta signed him for the rest of the season and said he would be activated for Thursday night's game against St. Louis.

Franco, who turns 49 next month, played for the Braves in a backup role from 2001-05. ...

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