Dan Uggla spent several hours Thursday watching video of his swing, working on that problematic swing in the indoor batting cage at Sun Life Stadium, and then taking batting practice with the rest of the Braves before the night game against the Florida Marlins.

Then he found a seat on the bench for the start of the game.

In the midst of a season-long slump the likes of which he's never had to endure, the second baseman was out of the lineup Thursday for the third time in 14 days. Uggla missed only four starts during his entire 2010 season with the Marlins.

"Just to give him a breather," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, using what's become his stock answer to why Uggla isn't in the lineup.

Uggla was 6-for-68 (.088) with one double and one RBI in his past 20 games before Wednesday, dropping his average to a major league-worst .170 and his on-base percentage to a National League-worst .232.

He was asked if being out of the lineup was harder to take against Florida, in his first trip back since the Marlins traded him to Atlanta in November.