Braves’ Uggla left off NLDS roster

Updated: October 2, 2013

Atlanta, GA ( – The Atlanta Braves finalized their roster
for the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and
veteran second baseman Dan Uggla was left off the unit.

Uggla batted just .179 with 22 home runs and underwent Lasik surgery in August
to repair problems with his vision. He was replaced at second base by Elliot
Johnson, who is expected to start at second when the series commences on

The Braves put 11 pitchers on the roster, with Thursday’s starter Kris Medlen
joining fellow rotation members Mike Minor and Julio Teheran.

Alex Wood and Freddy Garcia are in the mix as swingmen, while left-hander Luis
Avilan joins right-handers Luis Ayala, David Carpenter, David Hale, Jordan
Walden and closer Craig Kimbrel in Atlanta’s bullpen.

With Uggla off the roster, the Braves will carry just five infielders, with
first baseman Freddie Freeman, shortstop Andrelton Simmons, third baseman
Chris Johnson and utilityman Paul Janish filling out the infield.

Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, Jose Constanza, Reed Johnson and
Jordan Schafer make up Atlanta’s outfield, while Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird and
Brian McCann will serve as the Braves’ backstops.