News that Dan Uggla would likely be left off the Braves’ division-series roster first leaked on Tuesday but the impact still resonated when it became official Wednesday: The team’s highest-paid player was dropped from the 25-man roster for the playoff series against the Dodgers. The Braves will start journeyman Elliot Johnson at second base and have Paul Janish as a backup when they open the National League Division Series Thursday at Turner Field. Uggla after batting a majors-worst .179 can only hope to be added in a later playoff round if the Braves advance. “Yesterday might have been one of the hardest days I’ve had to experience as a major league manager” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez referring to conversations with Uggla and others left off the division-series roster but particularly Uggla whom he’s known for seven years since managing him with the Marlins. “We’ve been talking for a while about this ever since we clinched (the NL East). You try to put the best roster you think will fit in a five-game series and put your best 25 out there. Without getting into details on this and that we feel like we put our best 25 out there to face the Dodgers.” Other notables left off the division-series roster included veterans left-hander Scott Downs and Paul Maholm and right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro. Freddy Garcia was picked as the fourth starter over Maholm and rookie lefty Alex Wood will serve as the second lefty reliever behind Luis Avilan. The Braves kept rookie right-hander David Hale as a long reliever after the Marietta native made a strong impression in two starts his only major league games. But the big news at Wednesday’s workout day at Turner Field was the decision to leave off Uggla a three-time former All-Star who has two years left on a five-year $62 million contract he signed after being traded from the Marlins. He is owed $13 million each of the next two seasons same as his salary this year.
Uggla is left off Braves’ Division Series roster
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Oct 3