Dan Uggla has apparently had it with his contacts and vision problems. The Atlanta Braves placed Uggs on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday as he underwent LASIK surgery, kffl.com reports. They called up Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill his spot.
Uggla seemed to adjust to his contact lenses but recently took a nose dive in production that dropped his batting average to a Major League-worst .186.
Going back to his final at-bat August 2, Uggla is 1-for-31. He has struck out 146 times this year, the most in MLB.
Uggla was diagnosed with astigmatism during Spring Training and tried out contacts for a little while before trashing them. When he still wasn't producing, he tried them again in June. It appears he's given up on them again and has gone ahead with LASIK.
The Braves expect Uggla to miss three weeks to a month following the procedure, which would put his corrected vision back on the field in the middle of September, hopefully letting him ride a hot streak into the playoffs.
Pastornicky has hit .292 with a .320 on-base percentage this season in 27 games.
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