It must be Dan Uggla’s turn. In 2007 Brian McCann had Lasik and returned with a bang. By the end of 2009 his vision had changed and he had to have the surgery again. Once more he came back strong. Last year Freddie Freeman went through lots of glasses and contacts and considered Lasik before he finally found the right kind of contacts. He still wears safety glasses at first to protect his eyes from blowing dust. According to AJC’s Jeff Shultz Uggla was out of the lineup and not at the ballpark tonight in order to visit an eye specialist.
““…it’s something that’s been bothering him for a while and only now is it something he’s really taking care of . . .There’s certain balls and stuff he said he wasn’t seeing well. At times he’s flinching on balls that are good pitches . . .”
In Wednesday’s game Uggla was called out on a pitch he turned away from, it’s the third or fourth time I’ve seen him flinch from a strike in the last couple of weeks so this makes some sense. If he does requires the procedure he should not miss more than a game or two at most.
After Thursday night’s loss to the Mets, Uggla confirmed that he had vision issues last season but in spite of his spiking strikeouts and the downward spiral of his batting average, didn’t think it serious enough to have it checked out. In spring training he was diagnosed with astigmatism but again didn’t connect that to his failure to hit consistently until he watched video after Wednesday’s game. He told AJC’s Shultz:
“. . .I was just trying to battle through it, thinking, ‘Oh, it’s gonna come [around] like it always does,’ not thinking, ‘Maybe I’m not seeing the ball. But after bailing out on so many curveballs and taking so many front-door sliders and hanging sliders, I thought, ‘Let me go get this checked out . .”
Uggla was fitted for new contact lenses Thursday and will try those for a while before considering Lasik.
After McCann’s first surgery he came back with a vengeance as the table below shows.
You know by now Uggla could use the same kind of return. His numbers haven’t been good since arriving in Atlanta.
That’s A Wrap
I don’t wish any surgery on anyone. However if is this is necessary and the cause of Uggla’s downward spiral, he could well return and go on a tear that brings back memories of his 2010 campaign with the Marlins.
My only I have many questions about the whole thing is, the first of those is what took them so long to why didn’t the Braves insist he have his eyes checked when he was obviously not seeing the ball well? Flecther knew he had vision issues going back to last year so why wasn’t he sent to a specialist right sooner? A moot point I know but a question worth asking.