The Gwinnett Braves, in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, announced the addition of infielder Dan Uggla to the Gwinnett roster on a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment on Monday.
Uggla, on Atlanta’s disabled list since Aug. 13 as he underwent a LASIK procedure to improve his eyesight, is expected to begin the assignment on Monday night at Coolray Field as the G-Braves open a two-game series with Norfolk at 6:05 p.m.
Uggla, 33, was hitting .186 (72-for-388) with 10 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs and 53 RBIs in 112 games with Atlanta prior to being placed on the disabled list. The right-handed hitting infielder is batting .247 (1,098-for-4,438) with 231 doubles, 16 triples, 230 home runs and 678 RBIs over parts of eight Major League seasons with the Florida Marlins (2006-10) and Atlanta Braves (2011-13).
Uggla was originally selected in the 11th round of the 2001 First Year Player Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the University of Memphis. A Rule 5 selection by Florida in 2005, he went on to make his Major League debut with the Marlins on April 3, 2006. Atlanta acquired Uggla from Florida in exchange for left-hander Mike Dunn and infielder Omar Infante on November 16, 2010. He signed a five-year contract with the Braves through 2015 on January 6, 2011.
This rehab stint with Gwinnett will mark the first career AAA games for Uggla, who skipped over the level on his way to the majors. It will also be his first career minor league rehab assignment.
Uggla will be the 12th Atlanta Braves’ player to spend a rehab stint with Gwinnett this season, joining infielder Paul Janish (left shoulder surgery, April 15-24, May 5-10), first baseman Freddie Freeman (strained right oblique, April 19-21), catcher Brian McCann (right shoulder surgery, May 2-5), outfielder Jason Heyward (appendectomy, May 9-15), right-hander Jordan Walden (right elbow inflammation, May 27), right-hander Luis Ayala (anxiety disorder, May 8-14, June 20-July 4), catcher Evan Gattis (strained right oblique, July 12-13), right-hander Brandon Beachy (right elbow surgery, May 19-28, June 8-14, July 9-24), outfielder B.J. Upton (right thigh strain, July 31-Aug. 2), outfielder Jordan Schafer (right ankle contusion, Aug. 3-9) and catcher Gerald Laird (kidney stone, Aug. 10-11).
The G-Braves begin their final homestand of 2013 at Coolray Field on Monday night, beginning with a two-game series against the Norfolk Tides. Newly acquired right-hander Freddy Garcia (8-3, 5.63 with Norfolk) will start for the G-Braves, while the Tides will counter with left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada (4-6, 4.52).