Dan Uggla will undergo LASIK surgery and miss two weeks of action.
The Braves second baseman was diagnosed with astigmatism in Spring Training but put off LASIK surgery because of the amount of time he would miss.
With the Braves comfortably ahead in the NL East, Uggla has decieded now is a good time to undergo LASIK surgery.
“Obviously, I don’t want to go on the DL whatsoever, but at the same time, we’ve got to do what is best for the team right now,” Uggla said. “I’ve been struggling pretty bad and battling with the contacts and grinding with those things day in and day out, so I think the best thing is to go ahead and do it now.”
Uggla will undergo the procedure by the end of this week and then spend a few days allowing his eyes to heal. He hopes to be back in the lineup when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 28.
Tyler Pastornicky, who was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, will serve as the starting second baseman in Uggla’s absence.
Uggla leads the Braves with 21 home runs but is hitting just a major league worst .186 on the season and leads the NL in strike outs.