Uggla can see, but can he hit?

Dan Uggla can already see better, but the key test remains. Will he be able to hit better.

The Braves second baseman was in a 4-for-57 slump when it was agreed that he needed to go ahead and immediately try LASIK to correct his vision problem.

The procedure was performed Friday and Uggla rejoined his teammates for the final two games of the weekend series against the Nationals.

It will be Tuesday in New York, though, before he gets to take batting practice and determine if his corrected vision will make a difference in his hitting.

Before the procedure, Uggla's vision was 20/30. Now it is back to the 20/15 he'd had during most of his career.

"It was not a huge problem in everyday life," Uggla said of his vision decline. "But when you are trying to make a living by hitting a baseball, it can create a problem."

Uggla, though, wasn't about to blame all of his struggles this season on his eyesight. His average down to .186, he will use his time on the disabled list to work on his swing.

After taking batting practice with the Braves in New York and St. Louis, Uggla will go on a minor league rehab assignment. He is eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 28.

The Braves had planned to give Tyler Pastornicky a long look at second base while Uggla was out, but he tore his ACL during a collision with Jason Heyward on Friday and is lost for the rest of the season.

"It's tough," Pastornicky said. "It's not easy. It's definitely frustrating. But I'll stick to the grindstone, have surgery, keep rehabbing and then come back and get them next year."

Already looking for backup infield help, the Braves brought up Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett to spell fill-in Paul Janish and Gosselin made his first major start Sunday against the Nationals and had two hits.

To replace Gosselin at Triple-A, the Braves signed veteran infielder Tyler Greene to a minor league contract. He batted .222 in 22 games with the Chicago White Sox this season and also spent time with Triple-A Charlotte before being released.


kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

we shall see shortly. he has no other excuse now.


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