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.