ATLANTA -- As the Braves prepared to conclude a series in San Francisco on Aug. 26, manager Fredi Gonzalez said that he was prepared to be selective regarding Dan Uggla's playing time.
One week later, Gonzalez informed Uggla that he might be out of the lineup more frequently down the stretch.
But after sitting Uggla for three consecutive games, Gonzalez inserted the All-Star second baseman into the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Rockies.
"I don't think it does him any good to sit more than three [straight games], and it doesn't do us any good," Gonzalez said. "We've got to get him going somehow."
As they look for their offense to be more consistent than it has been over the past three weeks, the Braves are holding out hope that the streaky Uggla will catch fire and produce the way he did over the first 55 games of the season, when he hit .276 with 10 home runs and a .876 OPS.
But over the 75 games since, Uggla has batted .152 with seven home runs and a .578 OPS. He has drawn 45 of his National League-high 80 walks and compiled a .303 on-base percentage during this span.
If Uggla starts heating up, Gonzalez will likely put him back in the lineup on a consistent basis. When Uggla is not in the lineup, Martin Prado will man second base, with Reed Johnson and Jose Constanza platooning in left field.