Braves' Dan Uggla placed on disabled list, will have Lasik eye surgery

08/14/2013 2:05 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Dan Uggla leads the NL in strikeouts.(AP)
The Atlanta Braves placed Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, and the second baseman will undergo Lasik eye surgery that he hopes will only keep him out of action for a few weeks.

Uggla, who is sixth in the NL with 21 home runs, is hitting just .186 this season and leads the National League with 146 strikeouts after battling eye problems all season. He has tried contact lenses and other measures in hopes of postponing surgery until the offseason, but Uggla said Tuesday that the decision to do it now was a mutual one between himself and the team.

"Obviously, I don't want to go on the DL whatsoever, but at the same time we've got to do what's best for the team right now," Uggla said. "I've been struggling pretty bad and battling with the contacts and grinding with these things day in and day out. I think the best thing to do it go ahead and so it now."

The Braves have a 14-game lead in the NL East as of Wednesday, making the decision a little easier to swallow.

"They approached me with it today and as much as I wanted to argue and be like `You can't do this,' at the same time there's got to be production out there on that field and I haven't been doing it," Uggla said. "So it's tough for me to make an argument when I want to do what's right for this team."

Braves catcher Brian McCann had similar vision issues years ago and tried many of the same modifications as Uggla before having Lasik in 2007 and an enhancement in 2010, and the backstop said that “this is the best thing for (Uggla)”.

To replace Uggla on the roster, the Braves recalled Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett. Pastornicky, who was 7-for-24 in 18 games with the Braves earlier this season and had a .292-4-28 line at Gwinnett, started at second base Tuesday, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said he will likely continue to pencil in Pastornicky in the interim but may use utility infielder Paul Janish as a late-inning defensive replacement.

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