Second baseman Dan Uggla was hit by a pitch Tuesday in what he called the best spot: his head. The seventh-inning pitch clocked him on the ear flap of his batting helmet, and the red area behind his left ear was visible when he took the field in the bottom of the inning.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez wisely kept Uggla out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's day game. Whether Uggla begins to experience concussion-like symptoms or not -- and he hasn't as yet -- the incident gives Gonzalez an excellent reason to give Uggla and his .213 batting average time off.
Naturally, versatile Martin Prado started at second base in Uggla's place. He was 0-for-4 in the 7-1 win over the Marlins, but Juan Francisco, who started at third base on Chipper Jones' off day when Prado normally would have started there, went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
Despite having a bad two months to start the 2011 season -- attributed to joining a new team and signing a huge contract -- Uggla finished with the ...