Braves' Dan Uggla set for eye surgery, could miss up to a month
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla needs corrective eye surgery, which he hopes will help him at the plate.
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who's been battling vision problems for some time now, is headed to the disabled list and will soon undergo corrective LASIK surgery on his eyes. A source tells CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler that Uggla will likely be sidelined for three weeks to a month.
The idea is that Uggla, by not putting the procedure off until the winter, can get his vision righted in time for the playoffs. As Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported some time ago, Uggla was diagnosed with astigmatism during spring training but opted to try contact lenses first. Obviously, they didn't work adequately.
This season, the 33-year-old Uggla is batting .186/.307/.389 with 21 homers in 112 games. Already a liability with the glove, Uggla has been in decline offensively since 2010. Perhaps, though, corrected vision will help stem that decline.
To replace Uggla on the active roster, the Braves have recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky.