PITTSBURGH — Two days of rest and ice reduced swelling in the right hand of Dan Uggla, who returned to the lineup Wednesday and had an RBI single and a walk in four plate appearances.
The second baseman missed two games after waking Monday with swelling around staples that held together a cut near the first knuckle. He got the cut during the Braves’ postgame celebration after they clinched a wild-card playoff berth last week, when he reached into a cooler and apparently sliced his hand on a glass someone had dropped inside.
As for the swelling, Uggla didn’t know what caused that, though team trainers said it was probably the flight from Atlanta Sunday night.
“I have no idea,” said Uggla, who had the staples removed Tuesday. “All I know is when I work up Monday morning it was swollen and sore…. Anytime there’s swelling like that, there’s always a concern that it could be infected. And the last thing you want is for the infection to go into the joint or whatever. But that wasn’t the case. It was just a matter of keeping it clean and maybe taking a day or two off.”
Uggla hit .301 with 18 strikeouts and an .885 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in his last 22 regular-season games, after batting .151 with 90 strikeouts and a .574 OPS in his previous 77 games.
No red jerseys Friday
The Braves will wear their home-white jerseys for Friday’s 5:07 p.m. Wild Card game against St. Louis, instead of the red jerseys they have worn for Friday home games all season. The shift was made primarily because the Cardinals’ colors are red and white, and Busch Stadium in St. Louis is a sea of red for Cardinals home games….
The Braves will have a 1 p.m. workout at Turner Field on Thursday, which will not be open to the public.
O’Flaherty finishes strong
After not pitching for a week due to back tightness, Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty worked a perfect seventh inning Wednesday to give him 28 consecutive appearances without an earned run going back to July 15. The left-hander has allowed 15 hits, one unearned run and seven walks in 25 innings during the streak, which began after he gave up an earned run July 13 in the first game following the All-Star break.