ATLANTA (AP) — Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, a three-time All-Star, was "disappointed and upset" to be left off the NL division series roster.
Uggla hit only .179 with 22 homers and ranked third in the NL with 171 strikeouts this season. His struggles continued following laser eye surgery in August. He hit .083 in August and .112 in September.
He said "it hurts" that the Braves "don't think I can help the team win."
"I'm not blind to my numbers, but at the same time I know what I've done my whole career and I still know what I'm capable of doing," Uggla said Thursday. "So I was kind of blindsided by it."
Uggla's career batting average is .246. He hit more than 30 homers in five straight seasons, beginning in 2007 with the Marlins and continuing with a career-high 36 homers in 2011, his first season in Atlanta. He hit only .220 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs in 2012.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he hopes Uggla travels with the team to Los Angeles after Game 2 of the series on Friday night.
"Yeah, he's part of the team," Gonzalez said.
"I would love for him to, yeah."
Uggla said his "first inclination" is to say "I'm going home. But I know that's not the right thing to do."