With the Nationals visiting San Francisco for a four-game series, current Nationals infielder Dan Uggla received his World Series ring for his participation with the 2014 champion Giants, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.
The Giants signed Uggla on July 21 last year and released on him August 7. He was hitless with a walk and a run scored in 12 trips to the plate. It’s hard to imagine where the Giants would have been last year if not for Uggla.
Uggla is on the Nats’ disabled list at the moment due to back spasms. He’s hitting .191/.294/.291 with one home run and 14 RBI in 126 plate appearances. The home run and five of those RBI came in one game on April 28 against the Braves.
MASN’s Dan Kolko reports that the Nationals have activated Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day disabled list ahead of Saturday night’s home start against the Rockies. The club has also placed infielder Dan Uggla on the 15-day DL with back spasms.
Strasburg, 27, left his July 4 start with two outs in the fourth inning due to an oblique injury. It’s his second stint on the DL, as he had missed nearly a month between late May and late June with a trapezius injury. The right-hander had been pitching well in three starts in between his injuries.
Overall, Strasburg owns a disappointing 5.16 ERA with a 63/18 K/BB ratio in 61 innings.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected from Friday’s game against the Mets in the top of the 11th inning after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Jerry Meals. You can watch here to see how events unfolded.
Harper was angry about the strike zone all night and had a legitimate gripe in this case, as the called third strike was outside (hat-tip Mark Zuckerman of CSNMA.com). However, he let his frustration get the best of him in the situation and got right in Meals’ face. Meals gave him the opportunity to walk away, but he eventually had no choice but to eject him from the ballgame.
Harper’s ejection put the Nationals in a bit of a bind, as they ended up having to use Dan Uggla at first base for the first time in his career and Ryan Zimmerman in left field. It didn’t have an impact on the finish, as the Mets won 2-1 in the bottom of the 12th on a walk-off homer from Wilmer Flores, but Nationals manager Matt Williams told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Harper’s actions were unacceptable given the circumstances.
“He needs to stay in the baseball game,” said Williams after the game, visibly frustrated, perhaps by the 2-1 walk-off loss, Harper’s ejection or that two relievers were unavailable. “He needs to stay in the baseball game.”
Harper said after the game that he was ” sticking up for my team and myself,” but he does a lot more good for his team when he’s on the field as opposed to sitting in the clubhouse. Williams said he plans to remind him to keep his cool, which is important with the Nationals playing some crucial games down the stretch.
Dan Uggla is hitting .206/.306/.365 with one home run this year. And he still can’t play defense. The odds of him staying with the Nationals all season are slim and, once he’s released, the odds of him latching on elsewhere are even slimmer, I’d wager. Really, we are seeing the end of his career.
But he is good at something, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post:
Really, that’s the story:
“He’s just a big bicep teddy bear,” reliever Aaron Barrett said. After a grin and laugh, Barrett continued: “The hugs are fantastic. I love it. It’s very comforting.” . . . Uggla is known for his hugs. Freddie Freeman, with the Braves, is perhaps more well-known for his many on-field hugs, but Uggla said he taught that to Freeman. Fans have held up signs at games such as “I Want a Huggla from Uggla” at games. His nickname is, sometimes, Huggla.
Yes, the entire article is about a bench guy’s hugs. What a world.