ATLANTA -- Slumping Braves second baseman Dan Uggla was given an unexpected day off.
Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez made the announcement Tuesday before Atlanta played the San Diego Padres. Uggla and Gonzalez had a conversation before the game.
"Anytime I'm out of the lineup," Uggla said, "it's not my idea."
Uggla, who signed a five-year, $62 million contract after the Braves acquired him in a November trade with Florida, has just four hits in his last 47 at-bats -- dropping his season batting average to .178.
He was 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts Monday, stranding three baserunners in Atlanta's 3-2 loss to San Diego.
"You're not going to walk your way out of a slump like this, so I'm trying to be aggressive," Uggla said. "It's all timing. I've just got to get my foot down. If I get my foot down, be on time, everything will fall into place. It almost seems like it's that easy."
Gonzalez replaced Uggla with Brooks Conrad, who will play second base and hit eighth. The manager has no specific plan regarding Uggla's return to the lineup.
"We're just going day to day," Gonzalez said. "Just give him a breather, and that's it. I know he doesn't like coming out of ballgames and he doesn't want to come out of ballgames. He wants to be in there and be part of the whole thing, no matter what he's hitting. That's just the competitor in him."
Uggla is coming off a career season with the Marlins, batting .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBIs.
For Atlanta, he has seven homers, 16 RBIs, a .322 slugging percentage and a .246 on-base percentage.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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