The Braves announced Tuesday that veteran second baseman Dan Uggla has been placed on the disabled list in order for him to undergo surgery on his eyes. Uggla was diagnosed with astigmatism in Spring Training and tried playing with contact lenses before opting for a corrective surgery on his eyes.
Uggla, batting .186 with a league-high 146 strikeouts, used contact lenses for a few days in Spring Training before deciding they were uncomfortable. He was fitted again for a new pair of contact lenses in June, but he said at the time that he might need to undergo LASIK surgery at some point.
"I just know that I need LASIK or contacts," Uggla said in June of the condition that had hampered his ability to see pitches. "We're going to go with contacts first. They felt great all day, and I'm excited about it. I'm excited about hopefully being able to see the ball better."
Uggla said he first noticed the condition late last season, and it mostly affected him while batting. The three-time All-Star set a franchise record in strikeouts (156) for Atlanta in 2011, and then he struck out even more (168 times) last season. This year, Uggla was on pace to strike out 200 times.
"It's just been building," Uggla said in June. "I haven't been able to pull the trigger on a lot of the pitches I've made my money on and done a lot of damage on. For me to not be able to even pull the trigger on any of those pitches for this amount of time and to also be ducking out of the way of so many pitches that are strikes, my eyes aren't telling me the right thing. So I've got to do something."
The Braves announced the Uggla move on their Twitter account, and they also said that infielder Tyler Pastornicky has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. Pastornicky, a career .249 hitter in 94 Major League games, was batting .292 with four home runs in his first 74 games for Gwinnett.
---- Source: MLB.com