The Atlanta Braves had their only day off in Florida on Tuesday, but idle time wasn’t what Dan Uggla needed right now.
The veteran second baseman is hopeful that he’s finally ready to start hitting like he once did.
Uggla had a homer and triple on Monday in a 4-0 victory by the Braves over Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., in a game called after five innings because of rain.
That gave Uggla three homers and 10 RBIs for the spring in 15 games and his average was .273. He had struck out 13 times, but also drawn nine walks.
Uggla, who has spread out at the plate and worked on his set-up, hit just .179 last year and was left off the postseason roster.
Left-hander Alex Wood, likely the Braves’ No. 2 starter to begin the season, allowed only two hits over five scoreless innings against the Astros. He struck out six and walked one.
The only run the 2012 second-round draft choice had allowed in 14 innings this spring was unearned and he has 12 strikeouts to two walks. Opponents were batting .220.
First baseman Freddie Freeman suffered a bruised thumb on his glove hand when he tried to snag a line drive Sunday during a 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa. He may be able to play as early as today against the Yankees in Lake Buena Vista. Freeman missed the All-Star Game last year because of a jammed thumb on the same hand.
Ryan Doumit took a foul tip off his bare right hand while catching in the same game that Freeman was hurt. X-rays came back negative and he was diagnosed with a bruised right middle finger. Doumit was only expected to be sidelined a few days.
Tyler Pastornicky, who had ACL surgery on his right knee last August, played in a minor league spring game Sunday and the infielder is expected to have his first game action with the Braves later this week.
Pastornicky isn’t expected to be ready to begin the season in Atlanta, opening up a potential roster spot for veteran Tyler Greene.