MIAMI — The Braves and Dan Uggla hope this weeks’ series against his old Marlins team will help the second baseman snap out of his alarming slump.
Uggla had a two-homer, five-RBI game against the Marlins at Miami on June 5. His slump began the next day, and he was hitting just .121 (15-for-124) with a meager .185 slugging percentage in his past 38 games before Monday’s series opener at Miami.
During that dreadful stretch, Uggla had two doubles, two homers, 27 walks (.305 OBP) and 51 strikeouts in 124 at-bats.
Against the Marlins, he had seven homers, 20 RBIs and a .511 slugging percentage in 23 games since they traded him to Braves after the 2010 season. Uggla was 14-for-46 (.304) with four homers, 12 RBIs and a .396 OPB in his past 12 games against them before Monday.
Braves backup shortstop Jack Wilson began an injury-rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, eight days after going on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated pinkie finger on his throwing hand….
Rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons is still probably at least a month away from returning from the DL. He’s had his lower right arm and hand in a cast since breaking the fifth metacarpal on July 8.