NEW YORK -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez did not enjoy calling Dan Uggla into his office last weekend to inform him that he might not be in the lineup as frequently over the remainder of the season. But it appears the Braves are already benefiting from this tough-love decision.
Since being left out of the lineup for the first three games this week, Uggla has been showing signs of improvement at the plate. After recording two extra-base hits during Friday night's 3-0 win over the Mets, the All-Star second baseman told reporters, "I'm back."
Uggla was indeed back in the lineup for a fourth consecutive game on Saturday afternoon against the Mets.