ATLANTA - Outfielder Matt Diaz is returning to the Atlanta Braves after being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named.
The wild card-leading Braves also received cash considerations in the deal announced Wednesday, which was completed in time for 33-year-old Diaz to be eligible for the postseason roster.
Diaz played the previous five seasons in Atlanta and was one of the team's top players off the bench. He left after the 2010 season to sign a two-year, $4.25 million deal with the Pirates.
This season, Diaz is hitting .259 (56-for-216) with 12 doubles and 19 RBIs in 100 games. He is expected to join the Braves in time for Wednesday night's game against Washington.
Atlanta has an 8½-game lead over St. Louis for the NL wild card.