Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/31/11

The Atlanta Braves exercised their option on utility man Eric Hinske while declining outfielder Nate McLouth's option.

Hinske, 34, batted .233 with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs in 236 at-bats last season, his second with the Braves.

The club did not announce contract numbers for Hinske, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year with Toronto.

McLouth hit just .228 last season and fell out of favor after the Braves acquired speedy centerfielder Michael Bourn.

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