Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – The Atlanta Braves have suspended veteran infielder Dan Uggla for one game due to an internal matter.
“I’m not gonna say anything, other than it’s an internal matter,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That’s the way I like to handle stuff, and that’s the way the Atlanta Braves like to handle things and that’s it.
“You can ask me that question 400 ways and my answer is gonna be that we’ll handle it internally,” he added.
The announcement came before the Braves take on the Chicago Cubs in their series finale Sunday.
A former starting second baseman, Uggla has only 18 plate appearances since May 30, going 1-for-16 with five strikeouts. For the season, he is batting .162 with two homers and 10 RBIs.
Despite the suspension, Gonzalez said he expects Uggla back when the Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies Friday in the first game following the All-Star break.
The Braves called up infielder Philip Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett to essentially take Uggla’s place for a day.
Gosselin, who was recently named to the International League All-Star Game, was batting .345 with five home runs, 30 RBIs and 56 runs scored this season while playing mostly second base.
“He’s had a terrific first half of the Triple-A season,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll see if he can help us win a ballgame today, whether he’s off the bench or pinch-hitting or defense or any of that stuff.”