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October 3, 2015 09:53 PM
Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla went 1 for 1 with a solo home in a 2-0 win over the Mets on Saturday.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla went 1 for 1 with a solo home in a 2-0 win over the Mets on Saturday.

That marks his second homer of the season and seeing his name pop up is a surprise in itself. The once power-hitting second baseman has been relegated to bench duties, as his average has plummeted and power has dropped off significantly in recent years. Uggla will likely have trouble finding a roster spot on any team come next season.

September 1, 2015 06:20 PM
Nationals activate Dan Uggla from DL; two added to active roster
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

The Nationals have activated infielder Dan Uggla from the 15-day disabled list. Uggla had been on the DL since the beginning of August with a back injury.

In addition, the Nationals promoted catching prospect Pedro Severino and recalled left-hander Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. 

August 19, 2015 11:30 PM
Nationals' Dan Uggla goes hitless in rehab assignment Wednesday
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals infielder Dan Uggla went 0 for 2 at the plate during a rehab assignment Wednesday for the team's Class A affiliate. He also walked once.

It was his first rehab assignment game since landing on the disabled list earlier this month with a back issue.

August 19, 2015 09:21 AM
Nationals' Dan Uggla (back) to start rehab assignment Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla, who is currently on the disabled list with back spasms, is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday. Uggla will suit up for Class A Hagerstown, joining teammate Denard Span on the rehab trail, according to the Washington Post.

Uggla has been out since August 8 due to the injury. 

August 8, 2015 05:10 PM
2B Dan Uggla dispatched to disabled list by Nationals
by Marty Gitlin |

The Nationals have placed second baseman Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms, per

Uggla has been used sparingly with just two at-bats since July 24. He is batting well under .200 for the third consecutive season.

July 10, 2015 09:56 AM
Nationals 2B Dan Uggla nails three hits and doesn't fan Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |

Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla received a rare start in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday and took advantage of it.

Uggla managed his first three-hit game since April 28. He added a walk and continued to cut down on his strikeouts with none in the game. He feels that his hard work and patience are paying off.

"Just doing my routine every day, getting my work in, and once the game comes or an at-bat comes, I know I've already done my work and I'm ready to go," Uggla told the Washington Post. "I've been feeling good for awhile now, and it's nice to get some at-bats in a row and contribute."

His .235 average is at its highest point of the season. Uggla has fanned just nine times in his last 37 at-bats, which, given his history, must be considered a triumph.

July 10, 2015 09:58 AM
Yunel Escobar out of Nationals' lineup on Saturday
by Shawn Krest |

Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Escobar left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch. Escobar suffered a hand injury, and while X-rays were negative, he was still suffering from swelling on Saturday. 

Escobar will be replaced at third by Danny Espinosa, who moves over from second. Dan Uggla fills in at second base for the first time since May 27. 

June 1, 2015 02:07 PM
Nationals 2B Dan Uggla gets the start against Phillies
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals 2B Dan Uggla has been solid against left-handed pitchers this year, something his team wants him to continue on Saturday against the Phillies' Cole Hamels.

Uggla, who is hitting .273/.385/.545 in 11 at-bats against lefties this season, will get the start over Danny Espinosa.

In 62 career at-bats against Hamels, Uggla is only hitting .145/.239/.323 with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI.

June 1, 2015 02:20 PM
Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar exits Sunday's game
by Ted Leshinski |

Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar has left Sunday's game against the Braves after three innings with an undisclosed issue, reports 

Some reports indicated he injured himself during a check swing.

Danny Espinosa has moved from second base to third and Dan Uggla has entered the game, hitting in Escobar's spot, and is now playing second. 

Escobar was 1 for 2 with a run scored in the game.

June 1, 2015 02:25 PM
Nationals' Dan Uggla collects 700th career RBI
by Ted Leshinski |

Dan Uggla's second-inning ground out Tuesday plated Ryan Zimmerman for the second baseman's 700th career RBI.

Uggla drove in 90 or more runs four times over the first five years of his career.

Now in his 10th season in the major leagues, Uggla is serving as a bench player for the Nationals.

June 1, 2015 02:33 PM
Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar out of lineup Wednesday
by Brandon Wise |

Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday with Danny Espinosa taking over the spot, the team announced.

Escobar suffered a hand injury in Monday's game with cuts on his hand when Andrelton Simmons slid into his glove trying to reach third base. Espinosa, who has played second for the majority of the year, will move to third with Dan Uggla drawing another start at second.

Manager Matt Williams said that Escobar is available in an emergency situation, as he was for Tuesday's game. He expects the infielder will be ready to return to his regular role Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

The Nationals are currently the favorites (-110) against Atlanta.

June 1, 2015 02:40 PM
Dan Uggla adjusting to bench role with Nationals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

After starting the first four games of the season, Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla has started just four times over the last 11 games. Manager Matt Williams said Uggla is adjusting to his role as a bench player.

"It's never easy. Being an everyday player his whole career, it's not easy to learn how to do it," Williams said, per "The objective when he walks up there is to be him and not try to be something that he is not. His thought process when he goes up there is (to) get a good one to hit and whack it like he always does.

"He'll be aggressive from the first pitch, like he always hit. It's been the last three games, but it doesn't mean it'll be all the time either. He'll get some starts as well. Last night, we needed to get T-Mo (Tyler Moore) an at-bat, so we got him in there."

Uggla is batting .129 (4 for 31) with one RBI, two doubles, three walks and seven strikeouts.

June 1, 2015 03:02 PM
Nationals' Dan Uggla feels jitters on Opening Day
by R.J. White |

Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla admitted to being a bit jittery in the first few innings of the team's 3-1 loss to the Mets on Opening Day, crediting Mets starter Bartolo Colon for his work on the mound, reports.

"It was OK," Uggla said. "Opening Day ... everybody's always a little anxious and everything like that. Bartolo did a great job keeping us off balance. He's got some tricky stuff up there, but for the most part I thought we battled. We didn't get as many hits and runs as we would like to today. But there were some positives that we are going to take from today."

Uggla went 0 for 3 with a strikeout Monday, getting the start at second base with Anthony Rendon sidelined. The Nationals will square off with the Mets again Wednesday.

June 1, 2015 03:04 PM
Dan Uggla makes it into Nationals' lineup on Opening Day
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Dan Uggla drew the start at second base for the Nationals on Opening Day against the Mets. Starting second baseman Yunel Escobar started at third base with Anthony Rendon on the disabled list.

Uggla, who won a spot on the Nationals' roster after a strong performance in spring training, is batting .167 (1 for 6) with no extra-base hits or RBI in his career against Bartolo Colon, who is starting for the Mets on Opening Day.

June 1, 2015 03:04 PM
Dan Uggla, Xavier Cedeno make Nationals' Opening Day roster
by R.J. White |

The Nationals announced the 25-man roster for Opening Day, with infielder Dan Uggla and pitcher Xavier Cedeno earning spots.

Cedeno earns the final spot in the bullpen and will serve as the team's second left-handed reliever. Uggla, who has extensive experience starting for NL East rivals Miami and Atlanta, hit .261/.433/.457 with two home runs in 46 spring at-bats.

Matt den Dekker and Reed Johnson are also set to open the season with the team as reserve outfielders.

June 1, 2015 03:10 PM
Nats' Rendon to open on DL after third opinion confirms MCL sprain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday the third opinion on third baseman Anthony Rendon's injured left knee confirmed the first two opinions -- a sprained MCL.

Williams said Rendon will continue to rehab the injury, but delivered the bad news that Rendon will begin the season on the disabled list. Williams said Rendon has a week-to-week type of injury, and sources told Baseball Insider Jon Heyman that Rendon could be back in three weeks.

General manager Mike Rizzo did not put a timetable on Rendon's return.

“It's positive news,” Rizzo told Heyman. “All three (doctors) agreed. There's nothing seriously wrong, and it should remedy itself. Some turn the corner quickly and with other guys it takes a few weeks. But he will be fine.”

Yunel Escobar is expected to fill in at third base during Rendon's absence, which means Danny Espinosa will likely replace Escobar at second base. Dan Uggla could also be an option, if he makes the Opening Day roster. Ryan Zimmerman is not expected to move back to third base with Rendon sidelined.

June 1, 2015 03:14 PM
Dan Uggla not interested in being bench player for Nationals
by Shawn Krest |

Infielder Dan Uggla has had a strong spring and has a good chance of making the Nationals' roster. That's not enough for him, though. 

Uggla had a procedure to improve his vision in the offseason, and he's hitting .278 with .922 OPS this spring. 

"The way I’ve been feeling probably the last 20 at-bats or so, I’ve felt just as good, maybe even better than I’ve ever felt," he said, per Nats Insider's Mark Zuckerman. "I just want to keep working in that direction and keep doing what I’m doing and get better every day. I’m really, really happy with the way I’ve been feeling."

But the Nationals have a need for bench depth, and Uggla isn't interested in that role.
"I’d have to say no," he said. "I’ve never done it before. It’s not where I feel like I’m at in my career. That’s not what I’m looking to do."

June 1, 2015 03:17 PM
Nationals' Williams continues to speak highly of Dan Uggla
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla continues to make a strong push for a roster spot, as he is batting .323 (10 for 31) with two home runs, two doubles and six RBI in 15 spring games.

"I just think his direction is good," manager Matt Williams said, per "It has been good, the fact that he's just taking balls to right field. He's shown some power the other way in spring, which is good. For him, that's key.

"I know that he feels good about where he's at, I know he feels good about seeing the ball. And the results are showing so yeah, I think he's performed really well. He's been a joy to have around. He's a veteran guy, understands the whole process of spring training, but he's worked really hard, too. So for me he's been real good."

June 1, 2015 03:25 PM
Nationals Dan Uggla homers in 4-2 victory over Marlins
by Dave Peters |

Nationals Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer in the third inning of a 4-2 victory over the Marlins. His homerun was part of a four-run third inning.

Uggla, 35, is battling for a roster spot with the Nationals. For his career he has a batting average of .243 with 233 homers and 690 RBI.

June 1, 2015 03:26 PM
Nationals unsure of role for Dan Uggla
by Shawn Krest |

Utility man Dan Uggla is having a solid spring in Nationals camp, but the team isn't sure what it's going to do with him yet. 

Uggla went one for two on Friday to raise his average to .292 in spring training games. 

"We haven't defined any roles," manager Matt Williams said, per's Bill Ladson. "What we do know at this point is that he is seeing the ball well and he is playing well. I like his at-bats. We are giving him as much time as we can in every aspect -- starting a game, coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter, everything we can possibly think of to get him used to everything."