PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder Nate McLouth, whom the Pirates had designated for assignment on May 25, was granted his release by the club Thursday.

McLouth, formally, was placed on release waivers. If not claimed by another team, he will become a free agent.

A former All-Star with Pittsburgh, McLouth was signed as a free-agent in the offseason, but his return performance fell well short of his popularity. Kept busy as the Bucs' only reserve outfielder, McLouth appeared in 34 games, hitting .140 and driving in only two runs in 57 at-bats.

Besides making 10 starts, McLouth was the club's primary pinch-hitter, but the 30-year-old left-handed hitter was 0-for-13 in that role.