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26 Dan Uggla 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 3/11/1980 | Birthplace: Louisville, KY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: Memphis | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $13,146,942 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Dan Uggla adjusting to bench role with Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) After starting the first four games of the season, Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla has started just four times over the last 11 games. Manager Matt Williams said Uggla is adjusting to his role as a bench player.

"It's never easy. Being an everyday player his whole career, it's not easy to learn how to do it," Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "The objective when he walks up there is to be him and not try to be something that he is not. His thought process when he goes up there is (to) get a good one to hit and whack it like he always does.

"He'll be aggressive from the first pitch, like he always hit. It's been the last three games, but it doesn't mean it'll be all the time either. He'll get some starts as well. Last night, we needed to get T-Mo (Tyler Moore) an at-bat, so we got him in there."

Uggla is batting .129 (4 for 31) with one RBI, two doubles, three walks and seven strikeouts.


Nationals' Dan Uggla feels jitters on Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla admitted to being a bit jittery in the first few innings of the team's 3-1 loss to the Mets on Opening Day, crediting Mets starter Bartolo Colon for his work on the mound, masnsports.com reports.

"It was OK," Uggla said. "Opening Day ... everybody's always a little anxious and everything like that. Bartolo did a great job keeping us off balance. He's got some tricky stuff up there, but for the most part I thought we battled. We didn't get as many hits and runs as we would like to today. But there were some positives that we are going to take from today."

Uggla went 0 for 3 with a strikeout Monday, getting the start at second base with Anthony Rendon sidelined. The Nationals will square off with the Mets again Wednesday.


Dan Uggla makes it into Nationals' lineup on Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Dan Uggla drew the start at second base for the Nationals on Opening Day against the Mets. Starting second baseman Yunel Escobar started at third base with Anthony Rendon on the disabled list.

Uggla, who won a spot on the Nationals' roster after a strong performance in spring training, is batting .167 (1 for 6) with no extra-base hits or RBI in his career against Bartolo Colon, who is starting for the Mets on Opening Day.


Dan Uggla, Xavier Cedeno make Nationals' Opening Day roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Nationals announced the 25-man roster for Opening Day, with infielder Dan Uggla and pitcher Xavier Cedeno earning spots.

Cedeno earns the final spot in the bullpen and will serve as the team's second left-handed reliever. Uggla, who has extensive experience starting for NL East rivals Miami and Atlanta, hit .261/.433/.457 with two home runs in 46 spring at-bats.

Matt den Dekker and Reed Johnson are also set to open the season with the team as reserve outfielders.


Nats' Rendon to open on DL after third opinion confirms MCL sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday the third opinion on third baseman Anthony Rendon's injured left knee confirmed the first two opinions -- a sprained MCL.

Williams said Rendon will continue to rehab the injury, but delivered the bad news that Rendon will begin the season on the disabled list. Williams said Rendon has a week-to-week type of injury, and sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman that Rendon could be back in three weeks.

General manager Mike Rizzo did not put a timetable on Rendon's return.

“It's positive news,” Rizzo told Heyman. “All three (doctors) agreed. There's nothing seriously wrong, and it should remedy itself. Some turn the corner quickly and with other guys it takes a few weeks. But he will be fine.”

Yunel Escobar is expected to fill in at third base during Rendon's absence, which means Danny Espinosa will likely replace Escobar at second base. Dan Uggla could also be an option, if he makes the Opening Day roster. Ryan Zimmerman is not expected to move back to third base with Rendon sidelined.


Dan Uggla not interested in being bench player for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Infielder Dan Uggla has had a strong spring and has a good chance of making the Nationals' roster. That's not enough for him, though. 

Uggla had a procedure to improve his vision in the offseason, and he's hitting .278 with .922 OPS this spring. 

"The way I’ve been feeling probably the last 20 at-bats or so, I’ve felt just as good, maybe even better than I’ve ever felt," he said, per Nats Insider's Mark Zuckerman. "I just want to keep working in that direction and keep doing what I’m doing and get better every day. I’m really, really happy with the way I’ve been feeling."

But the Nationals have a need for bench depth, and Uggla isn't interested in that role.
"I’d have to say no," he said. "I’ve never done it before. It’s not where I feel like I’m at in my career. That’s not what I’m looking to do."

Nationals' Williams continues to speak highly of Dan Uggla


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla continues to make a strong push for a roster spot, as he is batting .323 (10 for 31) with two home runs, two doubles and six RBI in 15 spring games.

"I just think his direction is good," manager Matt Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "It has been good, the fact that he's just taking balls to right field. He's shown some power the other way in spring, which is good. For him, that's key.

"I know that he feels good about where he's at, I know he feels good about seeing the ball. And the results are showing so yeah, I think he's performed really well. He's been a joy to have around. He's a veteran guy, understands the whole process of spring training, but he's worked really hard, too. So for me he's been real good."


Nationals Dan Uggla homers in 4-2 victory over Marlins


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Nationals Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer in the third inning of a 4-2 victory over the Marlins. His homerun was part of a four-run third inning.

Uggla, 35, is battling for a roster spot with the Nationals. For his career he has a batting average of .243 with 233 homers and 690 RBI.


Nationals unsure of role for Dan Uggla


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Utility man Dan Uggla is having a solid spring in Nationals camp, but the team isn't sure what it's going to do with him yet. 

Uggla went one for two on Friday to raise his average to .292 in spring training games. 

"We haven't defined any roles," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com's Bill Ladson. "What we do know at this point is that he is seeing the ball well and he is playing well. I like his at-bats. We are giving him as much time as we can in every aspect -- starting a game, coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter, everything we can possibly think of to get him used to everything."


Dan Uggla feeling good after getting treatment for vision problem


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Dan Uggla is attempting to make a comeback this spring with the Nationals after his career quickly spiraled out of control the last few seasons. Although, it appears Uggla's struggles at the plate primarily had to do with a vision problem, which has been diagnosed as oculomotor dysfunction.

Uggla had perfect 20-15 vision when he held his head still, but it wasn't as sharp (20-100) when he moved his head. His condition was a byproduct of an inner-ear and balance problem, which might have been the result of previously undetected concussions Uggla suffered after getting hit in the head, per NatsInsider.com.

To help Uggla with his vision problem, former major leaguer Marquis Grissom contacted Uggla and put him in touch with Las Vegas-based Dr. Robert Donatelli, who helped Grissom overcome an unusual vision problem years earlier.

“It wasn’t just like, boom! It was gradual stages of getting better,” he said. “He’s got to retrain the ocular muscles and that kind of stuff. But it was a gradual thing. Everything would start to become easy again. Not easy, but the way I remembered it. They do all kinds of stuff for balance. It was just a culmination of things. It’s hard to explain, but all in all, I feel really good.

“I’m not going to blame the last couple years on that, because I’m out there competing. That was me. Who knows what the reason [for my struggles] was. But it’s nice for people to reach out and help and let you know there is something that’s going on, and it can be fixed. Knowing that I’ve done everything I can do and I feel the way I do, it’s a good feeling.”


Report: Dan Uggla dealt with oculomoter dysfunction


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Nationals infielder Dan Uggla dealt with oculomoter dysfunction the past couple seasons, according to the Boston Globe.

Uggla saw major decline in his numbers after being hit in the head with a pitch back in 2012. Former major-league Marquis Grissom experienced a similar situation during his career, and recommened Uggla see orthopedist Robert Donatelli. Donatelli discovered the oculomoter dysfunction, which impacted his ability to see the ball when moving his head. Donatelli recommended a set of exercises for Uggla, and declared Uggla's vision to be back to normal after two weeks.

The 34-year-old Uggla hit .149/.229/.213 over 141 at-bats last year. He'll attempt to win a role with the Nationals during spring training. 


Nationals taking chance on 2B Dan Uggla


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Second baseman Dan Uggla, who has spent most of his recent years creating a breeze at the plate, has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals with a spring training invite.

Uggla received a career-low 141 at-bats last season with Atlanta and San Francisco. He compiled a disturbing slash line of .149/.229/.213 with 46 strikeouts. His batting average has fallen in each of the last four years.


Report: Seven teams interested in Dan Uggla


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Sources have indicated seven teams have shown interest in free agent Dan Uggla, according to FOXSports.com.

Uggla wants to play in 2015, but his recent struggles at the plate may have teams considering other options. Since 2011, Uggla has failed to produce a higher batting average than .233.

The Giants released Uggla in August after failing to produce a hit in 11 at-bats.


Dan Uggla let go by Giants.


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The career downturn has continued for second baseman Dan Uggla, who has been released by the Giants. He was designated for assignment last week.

The experiment to bring Uggla in proved to be a failure. He was hitless in 11 at-bats with six strikeouts and has one hit in his last 31 at-bats this season.


Dan Uggla, Tyler Colvin officially released by Giants


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Giants designated infielder Dan Uggla and outfielder Tyler Colvin for assignment Friday, just a few days after both players were reported to be released.

Colvin hit just .223/.268/.381 in 139 at-bats with the Giants, while Uggla was hitless in 11 at-bats in a brief cameo with the Giants. 


Dan Uggla still with Giants, move could come soon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Updating a previous report, the Giants have yet to make a move regarding second baseman Dan Uggla, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

There's a strong possibility Uggla won't be with the team when they take the field Friday in New York, but a move has not officially been made yet. He is 0 for 11 with six strikeouts in four games with the Giants.


Giants release Dan Uggla, Tyler Colvin


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Giants released second baseman Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin after Wednesday's win over the Pirates, MLB.com reports.

The team could be on the verge of making a deal or two before Thursday's deadline, and they have been linked to potential second-base upgrades. The team also expects to activate three players from the disabled list during the upcoming road trip.


Giants add Dan Uggla, Tony Abreu to active roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Giants called up a pair of infielders from Triple-A Fresno, as Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu were added to the roster Friday.

Uggla was signed by the Giants in recent days after the Braves released him. Uggla was hitting just .162/.241/.231 in 48 games with the Braves, and appeared in just two games with Fresno before getting the call. He is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

Abreu last appeared in the majors with the Giants last season, when he hit .268 in 52 games. He was hitting .281/.329/.434 in 64 games at Fresno. 


Dan Uggla agrees to minor-league deal with Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Second baseman Dan Uggla agreed to a minor-league deal with the Giants Monday. The deal is contingent on him passing a physical, but if he gets cleared, then he will join the roster at Triple-A Fresno.

Uggla's deal has an opt-out clause for Aug. 1, which he can use if he isn't in the majors by then.


Report: Dan Uggla to sign with Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Free agent second baseman Dan Uggla, who was released by the Braves Friday, is set to join the Giants' roster, a source told FOX Sports. Uggla, who hit .162 in 48 games with Atlanta, has a career .231 average with nine home runs and 17 RBI in 27 career games at AT&T Park.

Reds looking to 'add a bat' to roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Sunday he would like to make some additions to the roster leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, per MLB.com.

"I’d like to add a bat," Jocketty said. "We just haven’t found anything that attracts us yet. It may not happen before the 31st. We’ve had a few discussions with clubs but it’s been relatively quiet.It’s a little surprising."

One name that might pop up on the Reds' radar is second baseman Dan Uggla, who was released by the Braves Friday. The Reds are in need of a second baseman with Brandon Phillips on the disabled list.

"We haven’t discussed it yet," Jocketty said of Uggla. "I haven’t talked to our scouts who saw him. We’re going to meet tomorrow and go over some stuff."


Braves officially release Dan Uggla


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Braves made the expected release of Dan Uggla official Friday, just a few minutes after news leaked.

The Braves will eat $19 million for the final season and a half of Uggla's contract, after his struggles forced him out of the lineup this season. He was granted unconditional release, and will be eligible to sign with any team that wants his services.

Uggla hit better than .230 just once in five seasons with the Braves, and the bottom fell out this season, as he hit just .162/.241/.231 in 130 at-bats.  

 


Report: Braves cutting ties with Dan Uggla


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Braves are expected to part ways with infielder Dan Uggla Friday, as first reported by FOXSports.com.

Uggla was handed a one-game suspension for the final game before the All-Star break, though the team never specific why. Uggla's release comes after years of futility for the Braves, culminating in a .162/.241/.231 batting line in 130 at-bats this season as he lost his job.

At this point, it is not clear if he will be designated for assignment or outright released, but his days with the team are done after four seasons. He is still owed $5 million this season and $13 million for the next. 


Dan Uggla to serve one-game suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Braves announced Sunday second baseman Dan Uggla received a one-game suspension as a corresponding roster move for Phil Gosselin, who was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett. However, the team didn't immediately announce the reason for Uggla's suspension.

Situation getting uglier for Dan Uggla


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Braves ousted starting second baseman Dan Uggla remains in limbo, greatly due to a lucrative contract trade partners are unwilling to pick up. He is still owed $21 million and the Braves have been hard-pressed to find any teams that will take a suitable amount of that off their hands.

The Braves, however, have ruled out waiving him, according to MLB.com.

Uggla has started just three of the past 26 games with just four pinch-hit appearances added on. His stat line of .175/.252/.254 is far worse than what he recorded in 2013, which had been easily the worst season of his career. He has struck out nearly once in every three at-bats.