Brewers’ Scooter Gennett claimed off waivers by Reds

Scooter Gennett hit .316 with seven doubles and six RBI in 14 games for the Brewers in spring training.

Former Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett has been claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, the team announced Tuesday.

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Gennett hit .316 with seven doubles and six RBI in 14 games for the Brewers in spring training. He started four spring training games at second base, four at third base, and the rest in the outfield.

Last season, he hit .263 with 30 doubles and 14 home runs while playing second base. The right side of the infield became crowded, however, when the Brewers announced Jonathan Villar — who played 108 games at shortstop for Milwaukee last season — will start at second base this season.

Gennett was drafted by the Brewers in the 16th round of the 2009 MLB draft. He made his major league debut in 2013 and spent four years in the starting lineup.

Gennett, a native of Cincinnati, will return home to compete for a spot in the Reds lineup.