Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has been placed on the 15-day disabled list so that he can have Lasik eye surgery. Tyler Pastornicky has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for the third time this season and will start at second base tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Pastornicky was hitting .292 with four homers and a .292 average and a .747 OPS in 74 games. Pastornicky has played in 18 games this season with Atlanta and began last season as the starting shortstop before Andrelton Simmons beat him out in May.
Dan Uggla’s batting average is down to a majors-low .186, and his strikeouts are up to an NL-high 146. He’s hit only .133 with 30 strikeouts in 24 games since the All-Star break.
Most often Lasik surgery results in an individual’s eyes become better immediately, but baseball requires reaction and timing, so Uggla will take time off and recover from the procedure. He should be ready to go before the 15-day DL stint expires if there are no complications.
Hopefully this procedure will prove to be the solution to Uggla’s struggles at the plate.