The Braves recalled hot-hitting infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett late Saturday, and when a corresponding roster move is announced Sunday it’s possible veteran second baseman Dan Uggla could be designated for assignment or traded. Uggla has hit .162 with two home runs and 40 strikeouts in 145 plate appearances, and seen his playing time severely diminished since rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella was brought from Gwinnett on May 28. Uggla has made two starts in 42 games since La Stella arrived, and he’s 0-for-10 as a pinch-hitter this season. Gosselin, 25, batted .338 with a .375 on-base percentage and 35 extra-base hits — including five triples and five home runs — in 86 games for Gwinnett, and was selected to play in next week’s Triple-A All-Star game. He’s played 20 or more games at second base, third base and shortstop, along with eight games in left field and four as designated hitter. A fifth-round draft pick by the Braves in 2010 out of the University of Virginia, Gosselin had his first major league callup last season and went 2-for-6 with a walk in four games. He was removed from the 40-man roster in the fall, but the Braves have a spot available on that roster after outrighting reliever Pedro Beato to Gwinnett on Saturday. However, they will have to open a spot on the 25-man major league roster to accomodate Gosselin. They have been playing with Ramiro Pena as their only utility infielder, since Uggla doesn’t play any position other than second base.
Braves are expected to designate Dan Uggla for assignment
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jul 13