News that Dan Uggla would likely be left off the Braves’ division-series roster first leaked on Tuesday but the impact still resonated when it became official Wednesday: The team’s highest-paid player was dropped from the 25-man roster for the playoff series against the Dodgers.
The Braves will start journeyman Elliot Johnson at second base and have Paul Janish as a backup when they open the National League Division Series Thursday at Turner Field. Uggla after batting a majors-worst .179 can only hope to be added in a later playoff round if the Braves advance.
“Yesterday might have been one of the hardest days I’ve had to experience as a major league manager” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez referring to conversations with Uggla and others left off the division-series roster but particularly Uggla whom he’s known for seven years since managing him with the Marlins.
“We’ve been talking for a while about this ever since we clinched (the NL East). You try to put the best roster yo...