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UPDATED: Uggla placed on DL as Strasburg returns

Aug 8, 2015, 3:52 PM EDT

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Updated at 6:52 p.m.

Needing to open up a roster spot for Stephen Strasburg’s return Saturday night, the Nationals placed second baseman Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms, leaving the club with a thin bench for the time being.

Uggla said he had been dealing with back issues the last couple of days.

“Just one of those things; back tightens up and you’ve got to take a few days, two weeks, to get it back straight,” he said. “It locks up on you, and there’s nothing you can really do about it. I’ll get some treatment, let these guys work on me and hopefully will be back soon.”

The veteran infielder appeared as a pinch-hitter during Friday night’s loss, striking out in the bottom of the seventh. It was only his second plate appearance this month.

A surprise member of the Nationals’ Opening Day roster, Uggla provided perhaps the season’s biggest hit when he launched a 3-run, ninth-inning homer April 28 in Atlanta to cap the largest comeback in club history. His production since then, though, has been minimal: In 41 games since May 1, he’s hitting .188 with two doubles, five RBI and a .535 OPS.

One of the most-popular players in the Nationals’ clubhouse, Uggla remains a trusted veteran resource for younger teammates. Given the timing of this DL stint, he would appear to be likely to return once rosters expand in September.

“I hope so,” he said. “It sucks that once you go on the DL, you’re down for two weeks or whatever. I wish it was sooner, but I’m going to try to do everything I can to be back by then. We’ll see how it goes and how I feel.”

This actually is the first time Uggla has ever landed on the DL with an injury in his 10-year career. He made one other stint following LASIK surgery.

In choosing to place Uggla on the DL, the Nationals are currently going with a 4-man bench and an 8-man bullpen. Manager Matt Williams said that could change at some point but will depend on how the pitching staff is used in coming days.

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    And there is your DL move so Uggla didn’t get the DFA. Personally thinking, that should have been Fister to the DL but whatever.

  2. natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    hmmm…

    • natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      Maybe Span’s spasms are contagious. Nah.

      • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:28 PM

        Ghost.The only problem is we still do not have the extra outfielder and are short on the bench.If we had denDeker last night Robinson could have batted for Mat in the 8th or Rendon and the other for the pitcher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:13 PM

        Rltintin I would agree. To put CRob out there and Werth who clealrly instead close to 100% is a big defensive downgrade.

        Maybe Rizzo makes a trade for Jay Bruce. Den Dekker is a defensive upgrade

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:02 PM

        Rindtin? Do you know what Taylor’s BA stats are with RISP coming into tonight’s game? (.391)
        With RISP with 2 outs? (.350)
        How about with the bases loaded? .(600).

        Yes, he strikes out too often, but I’m questioning your logic for calling for pulling him for a pinch hitter when there was a runner on base.I’m not going to check the whole team’s stats with RISP, but there isn’t more than maybe one guy with better stats in those situations. Sorry to back my position with actual stats.

  3. zmunchkin - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    And I bet he will fully recovered at 12:01AM on Sept 1. 😉

    • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      Shows how useless Uggla is they did not even replace him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        The problem is Fister and Roark. You don’t need both. Now there is 8 in the pen.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      And not a minute earlier!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      Z – Exactly. Team player to accept the DL move because Fister didn’t.

      • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        We let these guys feelings get in the way of reality.How can you respect this move.Finally dump Uggla for the wrong reason.Now we are short on the bench and still do not have denDeker here to replace 90 year old Werth late in a game when we are ahead or to pinch hit for MAT against a tough righty.We are dumb as I have been saying.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:37 PM

        If you DFA on Uggla you only gain a 40 man spot. They only needed to clear am active roster spot for Strasburg.

        Should’ve been a pitcher on the move like Fister to the DL but as speculated Fister wouldn’t accept the DL move and Uggla did.

  4. stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:25 PM

  5. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Maybe Dan Uggla should go back and see the highly acclaimed physical therapist Doctor Robert Donatelli. P.H.D. Maybe he has some magic exercises for his back, too. I never bought into Dan’s miraculous recovery. We do have a couple AB’s to thank him for, but not enough to justify his place on the roster for the whole season.

    • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      He was so valuable they did not replace him.

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