PITTSBURGH – A day to clear his head didn’t do much to change the course Dan Uggla has been on at the plate; and the struggling second baseman went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.
Uggla finished this three-city trip 2-for-26 (.077) to magnify an already troubling start to his season. His average on the season fell to .180.
Heading into Wednesday’s game, Uggla admitted that perhaps the pressure of signing a five-year $62 million extension with a team he was just traded to this winter has caught up.
“It kind of comes with the territory,” said Uggla, who signed his first big multi-year contract in January, a few months after being traded from the Marlins. “You’re paid a lot of money to do a job and you want to do it; you want to fulfill it.”
Uggla said it’s something he and Brian McCann have talked about. McCann experienced some of the same pressures after signing a six-year extension worth $26.8 million