Friday, July 18, 2014
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Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) reacts after striking out against the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning at Turner Field on Apr 22, 2014. (USA TODAY Sports: Brett Davis)
The Atlanta Braves released struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, the team announced Friday.
The Braves will be responsible for the approximate $19 million Uggla is owed through the end of 2015.
The Braves acquired Uggla in a November 2010 trade with the Miami Marlins and signed the three-time All-Star to a five-year, $62-million deal just prior to the 2011 season.
The 34-year-old Uggla has filled a limited reserve role this season since losing his starting job in early May. Last weekend, he arrived 30 minutes before the start of a game at Wrigley Field and was consequently suspended for Sunday’s game.
Uggla finished his Braves career with a .209 batting average, 79 home runs, 225 RBIs, a .317 on-base percentage, 243 walks and 535 strikeouts.
Uggla batted .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 48 games this season. He hit just .179 with 22 homers and 55 RBIs and a team-record 171 strikeouts in 2013.
His 33-game hitting streak compiled in 2011 is the best mark since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966 and is the second-longest streak in franchise history.
The Braves recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett to take the roster spot.
Pastornicky started the season with the Braves, but was sent down in late May after hitting just .200 in 35 at-bats. He was batting .281 in 36 games at Gwinnett.