Braves leave highest-paid player Dan Uggla off NLDS roster
The Braves announced their NLDS roster on Wednesday, and they left off their highest-paid player and two highest-paid starting pitchers.
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The Atlanta 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 , Melvin 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.