Braves leave highest-paid player Dan Uggla off NLDS roster

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer


The highest paid Atlanta Brave is healthy and not on the team's NLDS roster.
The highest paid Atlanta Brave is healthy and not on the team's NLDS roster. (USATSI)

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The Braves announced their 25-man NLDS roster on Wednesday, and noticably absent was their highest paid player: second baseman Dan Uggla. He hit .179/.309/.362 (83 OPS+) with 22 home runs this year -- including .122/.295/.184 (40 OPS+) in September -- while earning $13 million.

With Uggla off the roster, Elliot Johnson is expected to start at second base for Atlanta in the postseason. Here is the roster the team announced:

Catchers: Brian McCann, Gerald Laird and Evan Gattis.

Infielders: Freddie Freeman, Elliot Johnson, Andrelton Simmons, Chris Johnson and Paul Janish.

Outfielders: Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, Reed Johnson, Jordan Schafer and Jose Constanza.

Rotation: Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran.

Bullpen: Luis Avilan (L), Luis Ayala, David Carpenter, Freddy Garcia, David Hale, Craig Kimbrel, Jordan Walden and Alex Wood (L).

The team is leaning towards starting Garcia in Game 4, if necessary. Left-handers Paul Maholm (10-11, 4.41) and Scott Downs (2.49 ERA) join Uggla as notable omissions. Maholm and the injured Tim Hudson are the team's two highest paid starting pitchers.

The Braves open their best-of-5 NLDS matchup with the Dodgers at Turner Field in Atlanta at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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