Uggla scratched from lineup for swollen hand

PITTSBURGH – The gash on Braves second baseman Dan Uggla’s right hand didn’t keep him out of the lineup for the past week, but the swelling that ensued after Sunday night’s flight to Pittsburgh did the trick.

Uggla was scratched from the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Pirates due to swelling around three staples that held together a cut on his right hand.

He cut his hand above the first knuckle on his index finger during the Braves’ postgame celebration a week ago after they clinched a wild-card playoff berth. Uggla reached into a cooler and apparently sliced his hand on a glass someone had dropped inside.

“We’ll give him a day to kind of settle that down and see what happens tomorrow,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who thinks Uggla will be back in the lineup Tuesday for the Braves’ next-to-last game of the regular season. “Bubba [head trainer Jeff Porter] said let’s be proactive an keep anything else from happening with it.

“It must have been [bad] enough, because Danny didn’t even fight me over it this time.”

Uggla prefers to play every day and is known for lobbying to be in the lineup whenever Gonzalez tries to rest him or give him a day to heal from a nagging injury. He was benched for three days last month during a long slump, but has had a hitting resurgence and started 23 consecutive games before Monday.

Uggla hit .300 with a .412 on-base percentage, .471 slugging percentage and 16 strikeouts in his past 21 games, after hitting .151 with a .299 OBP, .275 slugging percentage and 90 strikeouts in his previous 77 games.

Gonzalez said the medical staff didn’t mention any possibility of infection causing the swelling. Uggla did some light throwing but no hitting before the decision to scratch him was announced during batting practice.

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Inspector Clouseau

October 1st, 2012
7:48 pm

Who is handling the investigation of the identity of the jackleg who put the broken glass in the fricking cooler?

BobDawg

October 1st, 2012
10:12 pm

…great post… LOL….

BobDawg

October 1st, 2012
10:15 pm

…Does anyone have a problem with our Play by Play guy on radio??? sounds like Johnny Carson…. Johnny Carson on TV is great…Johnny Carson on the radio is “turrible”…. I can never follow him as no inflection in his voice… Interested in what others think…Forget his name…sorry.

YoungerThan ThatNow

October 1st, 2012
10:44 pm

BobDawg… his name is Jim Powell and I think he does a good job. To me he really sounds a lot like Bob Uecker, which is who he worked with in Milwaukee before coming back to Georgia to work for the Braves. He is a UGA grad, btw!

Of course, some don’t like Chip Caray, Joe Simpson or Don Sutton and I like them all. I think Jim Powell and Don Sutton pair up well and do a good job. Sutton is a very, very knowledgable baseball man, and his southern heritage and upbringing serves him well in his role. Some like to refer to the Braves broadcasters as “homers” which is a joke IMO. Of course, they’re “homers”… they favor the team who writes their paychecks. But they are far from the worst… a poll last week gave that honor to the ChiSox crew of Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone, and no argument from me there! But others are nearly as bad.

I get the MLB package on DirecTV and watch a lot of games and have heard all of the other team’s announcers, and comparitively speaking, the Braves crew is quite the opposite of some of these guys… and far from homers!

To answer your question… no, I have no problem with any of the Braves guys and like them all in their own individual way. (And that’s probably a lot more answer than you were looking for! LOL!)

GO BRAVES!
GO DAWGS!

braveslover

October 1st, 2012
10:50 pm

I, too, have direct tv and watch a lot of games. We don’t have the worst announcers but Chippie is a black hole in the Braves universe. Joe is much better when he does playoff baseball…maybe because he has professionals around him who demand better than he gives with the Braves.

bostonbravo

October 1st, 2012
10:52 pm

Without Uggla no way we could win. He’s an all star.

UKUGA

October 1st, 2012
11:03 pm

Chip should pair up with the Nationals color commentator for the worst duo in baseball.

Joe Simpson is fine. Jim Powell is also fine. Sutton, while arrogant, knows his stuff.

Dum-Bass

October 1st, 2012
11:45 pm

Maybe they should have “celebrated” again tonight (same reason just more official) and held a lottery to see who would get hurt and maybe miss the playoffs! This was partly FG’s fault as there should not have been a “premature” celebration.

Buzz 2011

October 1st, 2012
11:46 pm

Give him about a month off. Let’s be sure he gets a clean healing…

Buzz 2011

October 1st, 2012
11:48 pm

Go Jackets!!! Dawgs will bite off too much in Columbia and the old ball coach wil
take their blow away again..so sad!1

BravesFan7

October 2nd, 2012
6:35 am

BobDawg, You hit the nail on the head! I have been e mailing the Braves’ front office all season long letting them know how bad our radio announcers are. And Chip is not much better; he wouldn’t have a job but for his daddy!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

My question is….why would they haves real glass in the clubhouse during the victory celebrations. Everyone knows, that you use plastic glasses instead. Enough said!!!

Terry Dunlap

October 2nd, 2012
7:12 am

sorry, my mouse malfunctioned when I submitted thcomment!!! Enough said!

Rick in Macon

October 2nd, 2012
7:31 am

Buzz…I agree on both accounts. Uggla definitely needs to rest that hand another six weeks…no point in rushing the healing. Also, you’re right…Dawgs get their tallywhackers pecked off by the cocks. It will be fun to watch.

Rhubarb

October 2nd, 2012
9:07 am

Jim Powell is absolutely one of the best play by play announcers on the radio today: knows his baseball, paints a descriptive picture, doesn’t go over the top for the home team but provides some excitement, plus terrific 9th inning calls of Kimbrel closing the 9th.

Fats

October 2nd, 2012
9:09 am

Finally Ugga can sit for 3 days and be ready for Friday’s one game “playoff”. MLB had no business coming up with this playoff when the Braves had a much better record than St.Louis

Fats

October 2nd, 2012
9:09 am

Finally Ugga can sit for 3 days and be ready for Friday’s one game “playoff”. MLB had no business coming up with this playoff when the Braves had a much better record than St.Louis

Don

October 2nd, 2012
9:14 am

This injury is serious. Where oh where can the Braves possibly find a player to replace Uggla. After all there are not many players who can not hit, can not play defense, can not run and who strike out at his rate – and especially with that list of talents would work for his amount of pay..

The Brave Californian

October 2nd, 2012
9:50 am

I think the Powell-Sutton team is excellent; I especially enjoy Sutton’s commentary. Really, I grew up listening to Vin Scully, and I get nearly as much enjoyment out of listening to Don Sutton call a game. I have the MLB internet package, and out of curiosity listen to announcers from other teams we are playing, and I haven’t yet heard anyone to compare with Powell-Sutton.

Playoffs!!!

October 2nd, 2012
10:50 am

Sorry—but I don’t like Jim Powell. He talks TOO much. Is he getting paid by the word?? Sometimes less is more.
Furthermore, he is a schill—–one time he actually read from the Braves Clubhouse Collection catelog naming items that would be good for fans to buy and giving descriptions of items for sale.

unbelievable

October 2nd, 2012
11:16 am

So, there are some here who dont like radio announcers because they “talk” too much? Do you just like to listen to silence? Jim Powell is absolutely one of the best announcers in all of baseball. Chip is one of the worst.

Don

October 2nd, 2012
11:35 am

Before you get too excited about the future — Remember Uggla and his contract – with his huge salary taking up a significant part of the salary budget – Is it for two more years or three more years.
Just think what he would be making if he could hit, or play defense, or run or didn’t strike out twice as much as a hitter should.

Don

October 2nd, 2012
11:35 am

Before you get too excited about the future — Remember Uggla and his contract – with his huge salary taking up a significant part of the salary budget – Is it for two more years or three more years.
Just think what he would be making if he could hit, or play defense, or run or didn’t strike out twice as much as a hitter should.

Don

October 2nd, 2012
11:35 am

Before you get too excited about the future — Remember Uggla and his contract – with his huge salary taking up a significant part of the salary budget – Is it for two more years or three more years.
Just think what he would be making if he could hit, or play defense, or run or didn’t strike out twice as much as a hitter should.

Don

October 2nd, 2012
11:35 am

Before you get too excited about the future — Remember Uggla and his contract – with his huge salary taking up a significant part of the salary budget – Is it for two more years or three more years.
Just think what he would be making if he could hit, or play defense, or run or didn’t strike out twice as much as a hitter should.

Don

October 2nd, 2012
11:35 am

Before you get too excited about the future — Remember Uggla and his contract – with his huge salary taking up a significant part of the salary budget – Is it for two more years or three more years.
Just think what he would be making if he could hit, or play defense, or run or didn’t strike out twice as much as a hitter should.

BravesGuy

October 2nd, 2012
12:10 pm

Chip and Joe-informed, intelligent, with wry, mature senses of humor…willing to give credit to the opposing team when appropriate–best I’ve heard.

HAL

October 2nd, 2012
2:31 pm

i laughted when i read the comment about ugglsa not hiiting cant field cant run another name came to mind emesatly micheasal born loser bourne who uglas out hit by about 50 points since the games got tite hes got the old tribal hangup about actually being expected to producce i mean born loser this blogs 10 milion dollar apology for the clan lol

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Barton Smith

October 2nd, 2012
4:56 pm

I think Sutton and Power are the best I have heard in years. Chip and Joe, not so much. I don’t understand why the good guys are on the radio and the B team is on TV.

Bill

October 2nd, 2012
8:55 pm

Sutton and Powell are good, and preferable to Chip and Joe. Chip tries too hard to be cute, with his “leather larceny” like quips. If he were calling a high school game, he’d be perfect. Not sure why he is still here though. Joe is okay, but nothing to write home about.

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