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MLB Injury News:
Braves' well-payed second baseman Dan Uggla took batting practice yesterday and is expected to come off the disabled list in the middle of this coming week according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Uggla underwent LASIK surgery on August 16th to repair his blurred vision. He will likely play at least one Minor League rehab game early next week and then rejoin Atlanta's lineup on Wednesday, the day he is eligible to be activated from the disabled list.
Paul Janish has made most of the starts at second base over the past week. But in attempt to gain a better offensive threat, the Braves claimed Elliot Johnson off waivers from the Royals on Wednesday. Johnson started at second base in Thursday night's series opener against the Cardinals and singled in his first at-bat to snap an 0-for-31 skid.
"[Johnson] is a nice piece to have in your inventory off the bench," Gonzalez said. "He's a good National League player."
The switch-hitting Johnson batted .179 with a .218 on-base percentage in 79 games with the Royals this season. But he was perfect in each of his first 14 stolen base attempts.
Uggla's numbers are as follows: .186 average, 21 homers, .696 OPS and a devastating 146 strikeouts (6th in MLB, 3rd in NL).
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