ATLANTA, GA - MAY 01: Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves points to Alex Gonzalez #2 after Uggla scored off Gonzalez's base hit in the seventh against the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field on May 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is now a part-time player, after failing to shake a season-long slump.
According to David O'Brien, Fredi Gonzalez called Uggla into his office on Sunday to break the news to the former All-Star.
"This is new to me, so I'll just take it step by step and handle it the best way I can handle it," Uggla said this morning, when he was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game since his meeting with the manager. "He didn't really explain anything to me. He just kind of said something like, ‘We've got to make a change, and I don't know how much playing time you're going to get in the next 29 games.'
Uggla has struggled mightily this season, hitting .208/.340/.373 in 533 plate appearances. Despite the severely underwhelming offensive line, Uggla has been worth 2.4 fWAR in 2012.
Still, look for Uggla to start sparingly through September, as the Braves continue a push toward one of the two NL wild card berths.
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