Braves suspend 2B Dan Uggla one game
The Braves have suspended second baseman Dan Uggla one game for undisclosed reasons, the team tweeted Sunday morning. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted that he heard it may have been for tardiness but could not confirm.
The 34-year-old three-time All-Star has struggled as of late, receiving just 20 at-bats since May 23 and has just one hit over that period. Overall, he has hit .162 with two home runs and 40 strikeouts in 145 plate appearances. O'Brien had reported late Saturday night prior to news of the suspension that it's possible Uggla is traded or designated for assignment.
In a corresponding move, the team called up INF Phil Gosselin from Triple A Gwinnett. The 25-year-old, who was scheduled to play in the upcoming Triple A All-Star Game, was batting .338 with a .375 on-base percentage and has 35 extra-base hits including five triples and five homers in 86 games for Gwinnett.
The Braves are heading into a virtual tie with the Nationals for first in the NL East heading into their final game of their series in Chicago against the Cubs on Sunday.
Braves have selected the contract of INF Phil Gosselin today, he will join the team in CHI. 2B Dan Uggla has received a one-game suspension.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 13, 2014
#Braves Uggla has received a 1-game suspension, not sure why yet— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 13, 2014
If you're wondering, it was #Braves, not MLB, who suspended Uggla. I'm hearing it was for tardiness, but not confirmed yet.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 13, 2014