Atlanta Braves slugger Dan Uggla will never be known for his ability to hit for average, but even for Uggla, 2013 has been a struggle.
A career .247 hitter, Uggla’s lack of average has been accepted given his power stroke (he has five seasons with 30+ round trippers) but Uggla, despite still hitting with pop has been even more dreadful this season from an average standpoint, hitting a woeful .186.
That’s even terrible for Uggla, who attributed the issues to poor vision. The second baseman, in an attempt to avoid the disabled list, opted for specialized contacts earlier in the year but despite initial positive results, they simply weren’t working like they should, resulting in Uggla having the ever popular Lasik operation.
Now, corrected to 20/15 vision, Uggla is nearing a return to the Atlanta lineup. Doctors have informed the infielder he can take batting practice as soon as this week and he could return from the disabled list when first eligible on August 28th.
Per the AJC:
One day after undergoing LASIK eye surgery, Dan Uggla said he’s already seen considerable improvement. Uggla said his eyes were checked in a follow-up visit Saturday, and he tested out with 20/15 vision. Because of recent problems with astigmatism, he had been at about 20/30 or 20/35.
“That tells me right there that it went good,” Uggla said. “There are some things that are going to be cloudy or whatever at times. But over the next three, four, five days it should settle in.”