Dan Uggla was not shocked when he returned to Marlins Park on Wednesday afternoon and learned that he was out of Atlanta's starting lineup for a third consecutive day. The veteran second baseman gained a sense this might happen after he met with Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez on Monday afternoon.
"It's his ballclub and I respect the decision that he made" Uggla said. "Do I agree with it? Once again I've reiterated this lots of times: No actually not. I don't think we're a better ballclub with me on the bench. But he's the manager and I've got to respect his decision."
Since Atlanta experienced a fourth consecutive loss on Sunday Gonzalez has attempted to spark his inconsistent offense by not including Uggla or B.J. Upton in his starting lineup during the first three games of this week's four-game set against the Marlins. Both veterans have hit below .200 throughout most of this season.
While this might be new territory for Upton ...