Aug 9, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) talks to the umpire after getting hit by a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Uggla DL'd, Pastornicky Recalled

 

May 2, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) turns a double play after catching a throw from shortstop Tyler Pastornicky (1) during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

One man to the DL, the other takes his place.

 

Dan Uggla has been placed on the DL after undergoing eye (LASIK) surgery today, per the Braves twitter account. Tyler Pastornicky has been recalled from Gwinnett, and will be in the lineup tonight, hitting in Uggla’s spot, 6th.

Dan Uggla (eye surgery) has been placed on the DL. Tyler Pastornicky has been recalled from Gwinnett and will be at tonight’s game.

And from Bowman:

The #Braves have placed Uggla on the DL to undergo LASIK surgery. The club has wanted him to undergo this procedure since Spring Training.

Dan has really struggled this season, especially in the last month. His numbers over the past month have been really disappointing, where he had hit .138/.276/.299, and was worth -0.1 fWAR. He’d had 12 hits, 4 of which were HRs, but he’d done very little to show that he’d been able to overcome his vision problem with his new contacts. According to Mark Bowman, Uggla has had difficulty in achieving consistent vision with his contact.

Uggla’s eye doctor was in the dugout during batting practice yesterday. Uggla has had trouble gaining consistent vision with contacts.

 

Tyler Pastornicky hasn’t had much time at the MLB this season, but in his limited time he re has posted a .292/.320/.333 line. At AAA, he has hit .292/.354/.392, and over his last 47 games overall this season, has hit .303/.380/.421. His defense has been serviceable at the 2B position, certainly no worse than Uggla’s.

This move is one that Braves fans have been wishing would happen for quite some time now (not necessarily Pastornicky, but anyone but Uggla),  and we may get our wish for the time being. The move is likely one that the team can afford to do due to our large division lead, but if Pastornicky does perform well, we may have ourselves a new 2B.

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