Braves second baseman Dan Uggla said he finally realized he could not wait any longer to have Lasik eye surgery and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.
Uggla, hitting only .186 with a National League-leading 146 strikeouts, has battled eye problems throughout the season and has experimented with contact lenses.
Uggla said the eye surgery “was a mutual decision.”
“Obviously, I don’t want to go on the DL whatsoever, but at the same time we’ve got to do what’s best for the team right now,” he said.
“I’ve been struggling pretty bad and battling with the contacts and grinding with these things day in and day out. I think the best thing to do it go ahead and do it now.”
Until Tuesday, Uggla’s goal had been to postpone the procedure until the offseason.
Uggla said he expects to have the procedure as soon as possible and miss only two weeks.
Pirates call up slugger Lambo
The Pittsburgh Pirates scratched Jose Tabata due to flu-like symptoms and plugged in call-up Andrew Lambo, who has hit 31 homers in the minors this year, to make his major league debut against the Cardinals.
The 25-year-old Lambo, recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, replaced Tabata in right field and was batting seventh Tuesday night. He was hitting .278 with 17 homers and 51 RBI in 59 games at Indianapolis after hitting 14 homers with 46 RBIs in 58 games at Double-A Altoona.
Rangers release Ramirez
Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after the Texas Rangers released him from his minor league contract.
The Rangers released Ramirez on Tuesday, just more than five weeks after he started playing for Triple-A Round Rock.
The 41-year-old Ramirez hit .259 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 30 games for Triple-A Round Rock.