Uggla out of lineup but OK after Tuesday beaning

MIAMI – Twelve hours later, Dan Uggla joked about the size and hardness of his head, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez cracked that maybe getting beaned would help the second baseman snap out of his long slump.

But it wasn’t funny when Uggla was hit in the left side of his batting helmet by Miami pitcher Chad Gaudin in the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s 4-3 win against his former team. It was frightening.

“Yeah, man, it looked a lot worse than I thought it was going to look,” Uggla said after seeing replays of the incident. “Rung my bell a little bit. But I was fine.”

Uggla was out of the lineup for Wednesday afternoon’s series finale, but that was more a precautionary response. The way he’s been struggling at the plate, it was also a good day for Gonzalez to give him and his .213-and-falling batting average a rest. He’s hit .115 with a .476 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in his past 40 games.

He was the first batter faced by Gaudin, who hit Uggla in the left ear flap with a fastball. Uggla never went down and had a brief chat with the Braves trainer and Gonzalez before heading to first base. Gaudin looked over to see if he was OK and Uggla held up his hand as if to say, no problem.

“That’s incredible,” Gonzalez said. “I ran out there last night thinking I was going to pick up blood and teeth. He never even buckled.”

Uggla smiled and said, “I’ve got a grande cabaza [head]. It’s hard, come to find out, too.”

He stayed in the game and passed a concussion test afterward. He said his left ear was a little sore Wednesday, but otherwise had no lingering effects.

“I talked to [Gaudin] after the game,” he said. “JJ [Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson] sent me a text and said Chad wanted to say he was sorry or whatever and make sure I was OK and everything. I just told him, ‘Yeah man, I’m fine. But if I end up getting cauliflower [ear] out of this thing, we’re not friends anymore.’”

Uggla is hitless in eight of his past nine games, and in his past 40 games he’s just 15-for-130 with two doubles, two homers, 53 strikeouts, a .299 on-base percentage and an anemic .177 slugging percentage.

Etc.

Before the Marlins stole seven bases in eight attempts Wednesday, Brian McCann ranked sixth among NL catchers in highest percentage of runners caught stealing at 25.4 (15 of 59)….

The Braves went 4-3 on the trip and have a 30-20 road record, tied with Washington for best in the majors. They remained 4-1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals in the NL East standings.

105 comments Add your comment

bravesgrl4life

July 25th, 2012
3:29 pm

Glad Dan is okay. Maybe it rang his bell enough to start hitting on Friday night. I’ll be at that game, and I want an Uggla tater into the bullpen.

old salt

July 25th, 2012
3:30 pm

old salt

July 25th, 2012
3:31 pm

Ok but I had to give it a try. Maybe the braves leave Miami with JJ.

dean

July 25th, 2012
3:32 pm

Ladies first.

Glad Dan is good to go. Now get going!

go-BRAVOS

July 25th, 2012
3:33 pm

Uggla= Glaus, one good stretch and suckage the rest of the year. He is a black hole in this lineup. Another bad move by Wren. Should have sent Uggla to the Padres for Carlos Quentin.

Tampa Gator

July 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

DOB….

Any “noise” about moving Medlen into the roation in wake of Dempster not coming. He looked very Greg Maddux like out there today….regardless of the competition he was facing. Great movement on the edges of the plate…and no pitch the same speed as the previous pitch. I just do not understand why he is not in the rotation with all the struggles there. Why not just trade for a late inning relief pitcher instead of giving up Delgado….unless you can get Grinke for him…which is not going to happen at this early date.

Tampa Gator

July 25th, 2012
3:36 pm

Uggla is not hitting….but he is still playing hard….not complaining….not making excuses….and remains a great team player. He is a professional….and I hope he gets it going soon.

Morris Code

July 25th, 2012
3:43 pm

@ Tampa we can say the same for JJ, but neither he nor Uggs are getting the job done.

urban redneck

July 25th, 2012
3:53 pm

old salt. good try. the only thing dumber than first is trying and failing.

re: uggla, at least he got on base!!!

LakeDawg

July 25th, 2012
3:59 pm

I know he is struggling, but Uggla plays hard every play- a fitting addition to the Braves tradition of blue collar, gritty 2nd basemen- Hubbard, Lemke and now Uggla.

I’d love to see Wren to bring Johnson back home with the team-

OTP

July 25th, 2012
4:04 pm

No comment for me about Uggla today, while he nurses his sore ear.
Note today’s second baseman was 0 for 4; but, at least he hit the ball, and did not strike out!

MyThoughts

July 25th, 2012
4:07 pm

Wonder if the Gwinett pitching coach that possibly help fix Jonny Venters in such a short time can do something with Hanson’s “delayed” delivery as it is obvious McDudd can’t do anything. Wonder how long it would have taken Leo to fix him. 7 steals today can’t blame those on Brian ” I can’t throw anybody out” McCann

brozz

July 25th, 2012
4:07 pm

They need to trade Dan Uggla for an outfielder and then let Prado play 2nd base full time. How long are we going to keep waiting on this guy to come around.. We keep making excuses every year for this guy, He either pops out or strikes out. He is terrible.

jerry

July 25th, 2012
4:11 pm

If Venters and O’Flaherty are back in the groove, what is Medlen’s role?

Juggs Plus

July 25th, 2012
4:12 pm

Face it, Uggla is a bad hitter. He proves that just because you have big arms and power dont mean a thing if you cant time pitches and make contact. Greg Walker gets paid to keep players out of slumps. Go pull up the video from last year and see the stance,swing,hands position he had when hitting well. Tony Gwynn hit. 330 career wise and watched video on himself daily.

chuck

July 25th, 2012
4:19 pm

I like Uggla the man but he is too streaky to play on a team that wants to play in the post season.

Erik

July 25th, 2012
4:23 pm

Cool, first class response by the pitcher and by Uggla. A great example for kids.

Sad Sack

July 25th, 2012
4:34 pm

Maybe Ug can stay on the bench

Quack Quack

July 25th, 2012
4:37 pm

Good win Bravos..Sorry to see Dan get plunked in the head, but like he said, it was good it hit him in a hard place.
Whats all the Dempster talk when the Chicago Tribune reported yesterday PM that he had vetoed the move. He wants to go yo LA, so SEE YA!!

GO BRAVES!!!

Eric The Former Red

July 25th, 2012
4:41 pm

Why did Marlins trade for Carlos Lee then trade away Hanley Ramirez ? Contradicting moves to add for playoff push (Lee) then trade star (Ramirez) for young pitching as if rebuilding….

Eric The Former Red

July 25th, 2012
4:44 pm

Hubbard,Lemke,and Uggla all suck/sucked as hitters. What a sad tradition…

Sid Slid

July 25th, 2012
4:45 pm

Uggla is a rally killer. But, for those of you who have suggested a trade, who would want him and his hefty contract? Nobody. We’re stuck with him and JJ.

Morris Code

July 25th, 2012
4:45 pm

@Eric, I think when they traded for Lee, they still had a shot at the playoffs. I think now the playoffs are a bit our of reach for them.

Mister Frisky

July 25th, 2012
4:47 pm

Hey Uggla take the next two months off!

Fats

July 25th, 2012
4:47 pm

No one questions Uggla’s toughness. He is as tough as anyone,but he needs to sit a week and relax and then put him back in the lineup. His B.A. is what it is. That’s all

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
4:50 pm

Good afternoon Y’all. I am back from ice cream with boyfriend. I see Braves win. Yea Yea YEA. I love my Braves. What is happening? Anything going on?

Wrecker

July 25th, 2012
4:56 pm

Agreed on all the comments about Uggs being an all-around good guy and exemplary ball player. Most players are streaky, but usually the player makes an adjustment (and starts hitting again) or the pitchers make adjustments (and the good streak ends or slows). I never see Uggla make adjustments. He simply cannot hit or even foul off good breaking pitches.

His walk percentage and walk/K ratios are near or above his career averages, as is his BABIP. The primary difference shows up in his o-swing and z-swing and contact percentages. Simply put, he is swinging slightly less and making less contact with less power.

GoBraves!

July 25th, 2012
5:02 pm

To Eric the former Red,

When they traded for Carlos Lee, they didn’t know that their power hitter, Stanton was as hurt as he was. Now they have gone into fire-sale mode to restock on young talent. As for Uggla, I like him. He is a presence in the lineup and will turn it around. Its time we go after Greinke and lock him up long term. Our Starters would be nasty moving forward. I don’t want Dempster anyways, he’s 36, and obviously doesn’t want to be here long term anyways. I would even take Lester at this point. All he needs is a change of scenery from boston and valentine’s terrible management. While we are at it, get rid of Freddi, and bring in Terry Francona. Can’t wait to see what happens the next week.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
5:06 pm

I see that Y’all are picking on Mr Uggla again. I LOVE MY BRAVES. Go Braves!!!

Joe Brave

July 25th, 2012
5:09 pm

No choice but to sit Uggla. Let him come in those games where we need a desperation homer in the 9th, but that’s it. Need to trade him before next year.

braveshoo

July 25th, 2012
5:11 pm

I have seen enough. I say make no trades. Move Medlen into the rotation; Delgado to the bullpen, and JJ to AAA. I think Medlen could really give our rotation a boost. Delgado always gives up no runs over the first 3-4 innings, so why not move him to the bullpen. I would trade for Greinke, but only if he will agree to an extension now.

Blackberry Cobbler

July 25th, 2012
5:13 pm

Uggla has 1 good month per season. Not worth near what he’s paid put it is what it is and not much we can do about the high contract situation.

Uggla has proven he is what he is.

No one seems to be talking about McCann. He’s hitting only 240-something. To me, he’s a bigger dissappointment that Uggla.

braveshoo

July 25th, 2012
5:14 pm

Next year I am not sure we have to move Prado to 3rd. Francisco’s numbers are great when he starts. Prado may need to play 3rd against LH pitching, but Francisco can play.

Jack

July 25th, 2012
5:20 pm

The Braves won today w/o Uggla. How’d that happen?

Joe Brave

July 25th, 2012
5:21 pm

McCann is kicking butt. He played injured through most of the first half, throwing his numbers way off. Now he’s healthy and carrying the team. See that 11-10 comeback win? Who started it with another homerun? Yep…Brian McCann.

RJ

July 25th, 2012
5:25 pm

Maybe Josh Johnson for Delgado and Fransisco. Miami needs a third baseman. Works all around.

sldkfjslk

July 25th, 2012
5:30 pm

Uggla is garbage. I’d be gritty too if I was signed to a big time extension ripping off the Braves for garbage. I don’t want to hear about how great his attitude is. He can’t hit. His defense is subpar. The only redeeming quality about him is he walks a lot. He is killing this team. He stinks. Get him out of here. He is painful to watch at the plate. I just fast forward most of the time.

Speedy Gonzalez

July 25th, 2012
5:32 pm

McCann is my man, thanks to the home run jackpot inning on Friday night in the huge comeback, Im going on a nice vacation to take in some waves, thanks BMac, you’re da man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Bravos

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
5:32 pm

WHY ARE YOU PICKING ON MR UGGLA?

dickelsby

July 25th, 2012
5:40 pm

Who was that guy in the 9th? and what did he do with our ol’ friend Jonny?

Peter

July 25th, 2012
5:46 pm

Good thing we didn’t empty the wheel barrow of money for Uggla…….But yes they did….. he is the highest paid 2nd bagger in history…and for how long ?

That was another brilliant Wren move….. I think Infanta and Blanco both make the playoffs on good teams……and the Braves with Big money Uggla watching from home.

cornjolio

July 25th, 2012
5:56 pm

DUMP UGGLA !

DEMOTE JURRJENS !

PUT MEDLEN IN THE STARTING ROTATION !

Cobby Box

July 25th, 2012
6:00 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

aj

July 25th, 2012
6:05 pm

Does ayone know the strikeout record for a leadoff hitter?
Ours may be on record pace. FAR too many strikeouts
when your leadoff hitter is about getting on base. Cut down
on half his strikeouts and he probably would be hitting 340!!!!!

Fats

July 25th, 2012
6:07 pm

Amber Girl
Glad someone is standing up for Uggla. Why though are you? :)

Noc A Homa

July 25th, 2012
6:09 pm

Seriously, I wonder why no team has hired Leo Mazzone. I know he wants to get back into baseball. Any ideas or theories? He was a great pitching coach. Trivia: After Warren Spahn, age 42, pitched a 16 inning game (203 pitches) and lost 1-0, four days later he pitched a complete game shutout!

Mimi

July 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

Any thoughts on why Jose Reyes didn’t get plunked yesterday after admiring his homer in the first. He watched it way to long for mine and Joe’s liking! Leo doesn’t have a job because how hard was it to coach Smoltz, Glavine, and Maddox. He could have done that job blindfolded!

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
6:49 pm

@Fats It doesn’t matter what Mr Uggla has done. He is still a Brave. I love my Braves. Go BRAVES!!!

Dan Uggla

July 25th, 2012
6:58 pm

Thanks, Amber Girl.

Its not easy being me these days.

Gotta boyfriend ?

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

I Have a boyfriend. Why are you asking?

Bubsaget

July 25th, 2012
7:35 pm

MLB.com meltdown party.

HAL

July 25th, 2012
7:38 pm

cj10 says apply at hooters amber and you can have two lol

Bubsaget

July 25th, 2012
7:38 pm

Hmmm… anyone?

Bubsaget

July 25th, 2012
7:40 pm

Well, this is just like every other part I ever threw.

Okay, I’ll go see TDKR again…

bravesriot

July 25th, 2012
7:45 pm

MLB board member here @bubsaget, boards are still down…

Boover3

July 25th, 2012
7:45 pm

MLB.com Meltdown!

Boover3

July 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

That GIP thread from today looks like a Marlins or Padres GIP….

emanski

July 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

I’m here for the party.

bravesriot

July 25th, 2012
7:48 pm

whats the first order of business? #mlbboardmeltdown

Boover3

July 25th, 2012
7:49 pm

Heard on the radio that Brewers want a SS, Would Simmons, Teheran and Jurrjens get it done? I love Simmons, but wouldn’t it take that, given Greinke signs long-term?

bravesriot

July 25th, 2012
7:51 pm

@i’d give them Salcedo, no way on Simmons

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
7:53 pm

@Hal I have no idea what you are talking about? I am only 13.

Boover3

July 25th, 2012
7:54 pm

Most Definitely…but was thinking worst case scenario, but Delgado may be regarded as high as Teheran, with his 5+ ERA in Gwinnett.

emanski

July 25th, 2012
7:56 pm

This may open the door for the Rangers who have Profar lurking in the minors. I realize he is still a few years away, but Andrus/Ogando/Feliz seems like a pretty good package. There are health concerns surrounding Ogando and Feliz, but both are young and have pitched well.

bravesriot

July 25th, 2012
7:58 pm

Maybe Delgado, Salcedo, and a good bullpen arm from Gwinnett. Think that could get it done?

Gene

July 25th, 2012
8:06 pm

I’m glad that Uggla is ok. He used to kill the Braves when he played for Miamil I hope that he regains his old form. Nobody wants to lead the league in strikeouts.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
8:15 pm

C’mon Y’all Mr Uggla is still a Brave. As long as he is a Brave, I will root for him to do good.

John Law

July 25th, 2012
8:39 pm

The Marlins did us a favor getting Uggla out…Hope he stays gone !!

Stuart

July 25th, 2012
9:01 pm

Trade one JJ for another…

birdo

July 25th, 2012
9:11 pm

Uggla will come around. He is a professional, he will start hitting when we really need him. Good luck Dan.

Joshua

July 25th, 2012
9:33 pm

Hopefully that beaner knocked a few cobwebs loose in Uggla’s dome. We could use Sluggla for the stretch run instead of Struggla.

Joshua

July 25th, 2012
9:38 pm

“Heard on the radio that Brewers want a SS, Would Simmons, Teheran and Jurrjens get it done? I love Simmons, but wouldn’t it take that, given Greinke signs long-term?”

I can’t see them giving up Simmons under any circumstances. I would be absolutely sick to my stomach if they did. He should be 100% untouchable.

Joshua

July 25th, 2012
9:40 pm

I mean I get why people want Uggla out of the line-up, but if you really think about it what sense does it make? I mean we replace him with Jose Constanza and his .225 OBP and BA? Seriously? That’s improvement? Nah.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
9:46 pm

@Joshua Mr Uggla and Mr Constanza are still Braves. No matter what you think, they are still Braves. That means that I can still root for both of them to do well. I came back on to wish you a very good nite. Hope we can chat again. Love y’all Love my Braves. Good nite Go Braves!!!

war daddy lightfoot

July 25th, 2012
10:41 pm

Oh! Good grief sh.I.t Uggla never needs to see Turned field again.

Joe 12-Pack

July 25th, 2012
11:10 pm

The Braves have won both games in which Prado started at second for Uggla: July 15th 6-1 and today 7-1.

Hmmm. I wonder what that means…

gcs

July 25th, 2012
11:12 pm

Uggla needs to be traded. Let Prado play second. It’s the position he has played the most over his career.

Fats

July 25th, 2012
11:41 pm

Uggla is a great guy,but he has been in the ring too long. Get some rest Mr.Uggla and come back as a champ like last year :)

LAC

July 26th, 2012
12:51 am

Well with uglla out we win !!! He is out the door in my book, just lost it when he got all the $$$ !!!

Get something for him… I guess, a few towels ???

jharber

July 26th, 2012
1:37 am

How about

soriano of the cubs for him? Solve a problem

Matthew.R..Murdock

July 26th, 2012
2:04 am

DANNY CAN DO ALOT BETTER THAN HE HAS REMEMBER THE LAST YEARS 33 GAME HITTING STREAK REMEMBER THOSE DAYS DANNY TOMAHAWK FOUR OUT OF THE YARRRD I BELIEVE IN YOU AND SO DOES THE REST OF THE BRAVES UNIVERSE COME GO THE OTHER WAY WITH AN OUTSIDE PITCHES I LOOK FORWARD TOO SEEING YOU BAT AND YOU EITHER POP UP OR STRIKE OUT REMEMBER LITTLE LEAGUE DANNY!!!!

Beltrans Right Ear Mole

July 26th, 2012
4:57 am

This Uggla beaning may be EXCELLENT news.

Uggla hit the Sun on that sculpture in centerfield during the last trip to Miami. That is the precise date his slump struck. Check the record…

This is not a joke!!!

Maybe Dan paid indemnity for this transgression by this beaning and his SLUMP will be OVER!!!

Could be.

Yours truly

Beltran’s right ear mole (not to be mistaken for “Carlos Beltran’s Mole.”

http://twitter.com/moleofbeltran )

Rick in Macon

July 26th, 2012
6:58 am

Dump McDowell, bring back Leo!!!

uggla's bat

July 26th, 2012
7:48 am

He can’t hit BP balls that good. Pops up all the time during BP.

bill

July 26th, 2012
7:54 am

Lemke was a clutch player in the playoffs and I never saw him fold under pressure. Good bunter and a really good defender. He should have been MVP of a couple of playoff series. He was also reasonably paid.

bill

July 26th, 2012
7:57 am

Just our luck couldn’t be hit on the knee and go on the DL had to br hit in the head and stay in the lineup. I think Uggla is a good guy but he is a failure as a BRAVE. He is such a good guy that he would agree with me.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
8:13 am

Good morning Y’all. Is it OK if I come on?

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 26th, 2012
10:12 am

MyThoughts Brian ” I can’t throw anybody out” McCann

DOB Before the Marlins stole seven bases in eight attempts Wednesday, Brian McCann ranked sixth among NL catchers in highest percentage of runners caught stealing at 25.4 (15 of 59)….

There seems to be a slight discrepancy in your story…

AtheistLoveChristmas

July 26th, 2012
10:17 am

13 year olds shouldn’t be allowed on baseball blogs. I’m about to say something really mature: Ambergirl – you are EXTREMELY annoying. Please go have ice cream with your boyfriend and never return. You are now hereby banished from all future blogs. It is official.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
10:23 am

OK I don’t know what I have done But Goobye.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
10:29 am

I was talking baseball and being respectful. Why do you want me to go? Is it my age? If so why? Please answer me.

southgabrave

July 26th, 2012
10:39 am

Atheist shouldn’t be allowed on baseball blogs either

Kendell Jones

July 26th, 2012
10:45 am

Atlanta Braves are needing a batting coach in the worst way. There should be someone on the team that could teach Uggla how to hit, I don’t think he could hit a potato if someone threw one to him. I can’t take away the fact that he can field at second base as good as anybody, but we also need a second baseman that can hit. He should be sent all the way back down to A ball where the Managers and coaches know how to instruct him to hit.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
10:47 am

Mr southgate Can you tell me what I did? I am just trying to understand

southgabrave

July 26th, 2012
10:53 am

Dont worry Amber Girl everyone can express their thought here about baseball.

Uggla needs to cut down on his swing and stop the upper cutting. Try just driving the ball over the second basemens head, not the leftfield wall

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
11:05 am

I agree Mr southgate. But is it OK if I still root for him to do good? He is not my favorite Brave but he is still a Brave. I am just trying to learn about Braves. Maybe I offended Mr Atheist. I hope not.

southgabrave

July 26th, 2012
11:41 am

A few things that are highly unlikely to happen: 1) The Braves trade Uggla, not many people want is contract at his numbers. 2) They obtain Josh Johnson 3) They can afford Greinke 4) Wren makes a quality trade and doesnt give up the farm.

southgabrave

July 26th, 2012
11:48 am

One other thing is Wren will wait to the last minute to pull the trigger. Also glad the Dempster trade feel through

gp3

July 26th, 2012
1:19 pm

As “Tampa Gator” previously wrote: Wondering why Medlen wasn’t in the rotation?…Well, me too!..
Why trade a propect at this point when Medlen has been pretty darn good…Compare his stats to Dumpster’s…Not much different…Will Freddi figure this out?…Sure would be nice

Fats

July 26th, 2012
1:42 pm

Stay on this blog Amber Girl …………………Nobody owns it. Uggla needs somebody to defend him! :)

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