ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez seems to be leaning toward giving Dan Uggla a chance to rest during one of this weekend's games against the Nationals. Uggla has played in each of the team's first 75 games and has spent the past three weeks mired in a frustrating slump that has dropped his batting average from .276 to .238.
Since enjoying a four-hit game in Miami on June 5, Uggla has batted .113 (7-for-62) with a .313 on-base percentage and .177 slugging percentage. Still, the gritty second baseman has balked at invitations to spend a day resting his mind and body.
"It's no secret that I've had my struggles at the plate the last three weeks," Uggla said. "But I'm always going to fight, I'm always going to scratch, I'm always going to be in the game, I'm always going to do what I can do to help us win the game."
Such was the case against the D-backs on Wednesday night, when he ignored his offensive struggles and started a crucial inning-ending double play in impressive fashion. With two on and one out in the eighth inning, left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty thought Miguel Montero's sharp grounder was destined for right field.
But Uggla ranged to his left, slid across his left knee and abruptly rose to his feet while making an accurate throw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who then completed the double play with his throw to first base.
"I don't even worry about Danny Uggla," Gonzalez said. "I've been with him for six years. I know what he's capable of when he gets his rhythm, and we keep supporting him like we have been."