Day off for “a breather” possibility for Uggla

Second baseman Dan Uggla has started every game this season but could get his first day off on Friday when the Braves open a series against the Washington Nationals. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has been kicking around the idea of giving him a “breather” and broached it with Uggla on Wednesday and Thursday, though the second baseman prefers never to sit.

Uggla has been scuffling offensively, though, hitting only .113 (7-for-62) in his previous 19 games entering Thursday’s game, and was hitless in his previous eight at-bats. Not that his manager is overly worried about Uggla’s mindset. His struggles of last year were enough to show Gonzalez that he could work his way through things.

“I’ve been with him for 6 years. I know what he’s capable of,” Gonzalez said. “I know you have to have patience with him, keep supporting him like we have been, give him a breather every once in a while, and I don’t need to worry about him.”

It would be a good time to get Jack Wilson a start in his place. The backup shortstop hasn’t started a game since May 30, the day Andrelton Simmons was called up, and he is 4-for-5 for his career against Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler.

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kerryb

June 28th, 2012
7:41 pm

Mr. Strike Out just struck out again.

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
7:56 pm

Hey you guys that write for the Braves are awesome, but I hate it when you start a new blog in the middle of a game. I don’t post much at all, but decided to participate in tonights game. Seriously thanks for all y’all do.

nuh uh

June 28th, 2012
7:59 pm

Fine with me. Jack Wilson gives the same offensive production that Uggla has been giving lately.

Tamacun el vengador errante

June 28th, 2012
8:01 pm

Quien lo trajo de miami es Mr. FW. El es el unico culpable del desastre como siempre haciendo malas inversioes hipotecando dinero en uno dos jugadores.

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
8:15 pm

Say whatTamacum?????

As I stated on the Hudson blog, I appreciate Uggla wanting to play 162 games but it is painfully obvious he need a couple of days off. And as I also stated, he will never get his timing back unless he starts staying on the ball and driving some to center field and right field. You can’t try and jack everything.

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
8:29 pm

Nice bunt JJ

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
8:30 pm

DBack’s kid is running out of gas. Too much long toss before the game.

No Flag Since Lemke

June 28th, 2012
8:31 pm

OMG – Bourn actually came through with a RISP.

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
8:31 pm

Bourny doing his job.

jack

June 28th, 2012
8:31 pm

A breather, how much of a rest do you need when you pop up the first pitch or k and sit down. Must be His trips to the water cooler or when someone else scores a run, he high 5’s the. Give me a break!

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
8:32 pm

Jey Hey swinging for the fences.

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
8:33 pm

Ugg’s defense is too good to be out for long.

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
8:42 pm

Defense has never been Uggs strong suit. Hate to keep yanking Prado around, but against a lefty put Diaz in right and Prado at second. Or Wilson is a good defensive player even if he’s an offensive liability, he can’t be worse than Uggla right now.

kerryb

June 28th, 2012
8:51 pm

Mr. Strike Out does it again.

kerryb

June 28th, 2012
8:52 pm

I think Uggla is striking out about 90% of the time now.

Norcal Brave

June 28th, 2012
8:59 pm

@ nuh uh: funny comment. Tonight’s game is shaping up to be one of those where I go bald again tearing my hair out.

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
9:03 pm

JJ is looking good in 6th but need two more outs…

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
9:05 pm

Damn now its tied..j-hey didn’t get a good jump on that ball

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
9:05 pm

He’s spinning trying to yank every pitch. He’s got to drive the ball to other fields. Jeez.

Norcal Brave

June 28th, 2012
9:07 pm

knew it, knew it, knew it. we squander multiple scoring chances, and the D-Backs immediately cash in.

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
9:10 pm

McCann is a sorry catcher…he should have stop that ball. repay showed not much effort just a lazy backhand. Move your fat body and block the ball!

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
9:16 pm

Typical game that the Braves will lose because of terrible hitting with runners in scoring position.

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
9:17 pm

Way to swing at the first pitch Jack!

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
9:18 pm

U sit over there for 4 games without an ab, and u walk up and ground out on the 1st pitch.

David the Shepherd

June 28th, 2012
11:11 pm

Seriously Tamacun…en inglis por favor.

prattvillenolzfan

June 28th, 2012
11:17 pm

Once again this article proves what an idiot Fredi is. You are going to possibly give our best slugger (albiet one in a horrible slump) a day off against our division leading rivals…..

Why didn’t you give him TONIGHT off? Or LAST NIGHT?

Everyone knows Chipper will lay out at least once this series as well……..And people continue to wonder why the fans are getting restless…………

iTiSi

June 28th, 2012
11:51 pm

If the AJC continues to let people post in Spanish on here, I will start posting in other languages(I know a few) just to prove a point. All it does is confuse many people and is totally inappropriate for an English newspaper in the USA! If Spanish is accepted, you have to accept other languages also.

TuffShhhtuff

June 28th, 2012
11:54 pm

Seriously, you people who are Uggs fanbase, do you really think you want him on the All Star roster with the slump he is in now? He will only embarrass himself and the Braves like he did before. BTW, that loss tonight can’t be pinned on FG, it’s definitely on Uggla’s shoulders. He had lots of chances with runners on base. Heck, he can’t even foul the ball anymore!

prattvillenolzfan

June 29th, 2012
12:07 am

more reason why he should’ve sat tonight, instead of tomorrow…

W4rd Church1ll

June 29th, 2012
1:12 am

don’t see why there is a problem with spanish posters. why should they be excluded? You’d be excluding people like Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado, or any number of other Braves players and fans. You say that all languages would have to be accepted…and there really doesn’t seem to be a down side to that, because when i can’t read a post i just skip it and move to the next one. Honestly, i find that sometimes, seeing a different order of letters that comes from another language’s grammatical structure and spelling, is more entertaining than reading such vacuous proclamations as “If the AJC continues to let people post in Spanish on here, I will start posting in other languages(I know a few) just to prove a point. All it does is confuse many people and is totally inappropriate for an English newspaper in the USA!” I think i may have a little bit more faith that people browsing the comments here would be able to avoid the “confusion” of seeing another language. Just because you can’t read it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t mean that it should be censored. don’t tell people what to say, it’s totally inappropriate for a citizen of the USA!

REAGAN2012

June 29th, 2012
2:40 am

DAM UGGLA SURE LOOKSL IKE HELL SPLIT IT IN HALF THEN JUST TIMES OFF N STRIKES OUT

Homer the Brave

June 29th, 2012
8:11 am

Omar Infante > Dan Uggla

ed

June 29th, 2012
10:23 am

right now uggla is an incredable embarressment to the city and the organization

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Brother Francis

June 29th, 2012
11:18 am

He should change his name to Ukkla.

bobbymahlon

June 29th, 2012
1:33 pm

Uggla must be going through hell right now being the competitor he is. Just keep dropping him in the order until he gets it going again and he will it’s just a matter of time before he finds it. In the meantime take the pressure off if it means put him batting 8th.

bobby

June 29th, 2012
2:56 pm

Uggla name should be changed to KKKK.

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