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,