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August 14, 2013 1:16 pm Published by

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
August 13, 2013

Dan Uggla to have eye surgery

Dan Uggla LasikATLANTA — Braves second baseman Dan Uggla said he finally realized he could not wait any longer to have Lasik eye surgery and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Uggla, hitting only .186 with a National League-leading 146 strikeouts, has battled eye problems throughout the season and has experimented with contact lenses.

Uggla said the eye surgery “was a mutual decision.”

“Obviously, I don’t want to go on the DL whatsoever, but at the same time we’ve got to do what’s best for the team right now,” he said.

“I’ve been struggling pretty bad and battling with the contacts and grinding with these things day in and day out. I think the best thing to do it go ahead and so it now.”

Until Tuesday, Uggla’s goal had been to postpone the procedure until the offseason.

“They approached me with it today and as much as I wanted to argue and be like `You can’t do this,’ at the same time there’s got to be production out there on that field and I haven’t been doing it,” Uggla said. “So it’s tough for me to make an argument when I want to do what’s right for this team.”

Uggla said he expects to have the procedure as soon as possible and miss only two weeks.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Uggla will have time to adjust before the postseason. The Braves lead the NL East by 14 games.


Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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