Dan Uggla provided reason for cautious optimism with consecutive two-hit games last weekend at Houston, but the struggling second baseman has gone 1-for-21 with one RBI, one walk and six strikeouts since then.

Nevertheless, those wondering when he'll be benched long-term or even sent to the minor leagues to work on his swing, let me answer as I've answered before: I can't see it happening.

It's a terrible position for the Braves to be in with one of their few "franchise players." And yes, when you give a give a five-year, $63 million contract and you're not the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, he's a franchise player.

But it's the position they are in, and I'm almost certain the Braves would have to endure a lot more of the same from Uggla before they'd do anything other than continue to play him every day, or almost every day, and hope that he breaks out of this sooner than later.

Because as I've said before, teams don't bench or demote 31-year-old position players in the first half-season of a five-year, $62 million contract, after trading for such a player and giving him said contract extension before he ever played an inning.

Even if the Braves wanted to send him to Triple-A – and manager Fredi Gonzalez said that has not even been discussed – they'd have to ask Uggla to approve of such a move. As a veteran with five years' service, he wouldn't have to accept a minor-league assignment.

And since more than one Braves coach or official has said he thinks Uggla felt the pressure of the big contract and tried to live up to it, swinging harder and trying to hit his way out of the slump in May and early June, then what good would they think that sending him to Triple-A would do?

I mean, you don't think a player with a $62 million contract demoted to Triple-A would feel as much or even more pressure trying to work his way out of a career-worst slump after being sent to the minors, with everyone watching to see how he does against minor league pitchers and what it would even mean?