Braves second baseman Dan Uggla hasn't been a lineup regular since May, and with his .241 OBP, that makes sense. Tommy La Stella's taken his spot and hasn't provided any reason to give it back. Things got worse for Uggla today when Atlanta simultaneously called up another second baseman and suspended him for one game.
According to David O'Brien, Uggla was suspended for tardiness. Phil Gosselin was promoted from Triple-A.
The timing is smart. Today's the final day before the start of the league's All-Star break on Monday, so it gives the Braves a few days to figure out what to do with Uggla.
Designating Uggla for assignment is a possibility, but there's a lot of money to eat. Uggla has roughly $18 million remaining on his contract.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez believes Uggla will be back with the team after the break. We'll have to see if that actually happens.