ATLANTA -- Sometime during the Braves' celebration for clinching a playoff spot Tuesday, second baseman Dan Uggla reached into a bin full of ice for a drink. Instead of finding what he wanted, Uggla cut his right hand and required stitches to stop the bleeding.
Uggla played Wednesday and Thursday and doesn't plan on missing any games because of the injury now that the stitches have been replaced by three staples.
After going 2-for-4 with a double in Thursday night's 6-2 victory against the Marlins, Uggla downplayed the effects of what he said felt like an "exploding pain" when he hits the ball.
"It's just for a minute," Uggla said. "It doesn't hinder anything. It's part of baseball, you're going to have nicks and bruises like that and you've got to play through."
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he barely considered taking Uggla out of the lineup after learning of the injury.
"You'd have to amputate it before he comes out of the game," Gonzalez joked. "And he'll still find a way to hit with one hand."