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Braves suspend struggling Uggla for a game

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 13 2014 07:15:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 14 2014 10:13:13 AM CDT
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The Atlanta Braves suspended struggling second baseman Dan Uggla for one game Sunday.

The team announced the suspension on Twitter but did not explain why Uggla is being disciplined.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez would not elaborate before the Braves' game against the Chicago Cubs.

"I'm not going to say anything other than that it's an internal matter," he said. "That's the way I like to handle stuff, and the Atlanta Braves like to handle stuff. And that's it. You can ask me 400 different ways and my way is that we're going to handle it internally."

Uggla, 34, has played sparingly since rookie Tommy La Stella was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett on May 28. Uggla is batting just .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 48 games.

---Babe Ruth's $5,000 contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1918 sold at an auction Saturday night for $1.02 million. The contract included signatures by Ruth, American League president Ban Johnson and Red Sox owner Harry Frazee.

The winning bid represents the highest ever paid for a sports contract. The previous record was for the document that sent Ruth to the New York Yankees in December 1919, which sold for $996,000 in 2005.

---The New York Yankees recalled right-hander Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, optioned outfielder Zoilo Almonte and right-hander Matt Daley and outrighted right-hander Jim Miller to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Mitchell 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three innings with the Yankees this season. Almonte is batting .160 in 25 at bats. Daley is 0-0 with a 4.85 ERA in 12 relief appearances. Miller has allowed six runs (all earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

---San Diego Padres closer Huston Street will replace teammate right-hander Tyson Ross as a member of the National League All-Star team.

---San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Hudson was expected to be named to the NL All-Star team as a replacement for teammate left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who started Sunday's game and is ineligible to pitch in Tuesday's contest.

---Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was not in the starting lineup a day after making his 2014 debut. The Giants are mindful of keeping Scutaro healthy by monitoring his activity after he missed the first 93 games of the season with a back strain.

---Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp was sidelined by a sore neck for the fourth consecutive game.

Oakland activated left-hander Drew Pomeranz from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento, where he was already doing a rehab stint.

---Los Angeles Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill was placed on the 15-day disabled list after breaking his nose and thumb on Saturday while taking a ball that ricocheted off his bat/thumb to the face while trying to bunt.

The Angels called up infielder Grant Green.

---Atlanta infielder Phil Gosselin joined the Braves after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett. He was hitting a team-leading .345 with 27 doubles and 171 total bases.

---Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell called Seattle Mariners right-hander Fernando Rodney on Saturday and informed him that he would serve as the injury replacement for Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Rodney (1-3, 1.98 ERA) leads the American League with 27 saves.

---Cincinnati Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon was named to the NL All-Star team.

"It's a great feeling," Simon said. "I deserve to be there. It's going to be huge for me."

---Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Matt Hague was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room on the roster for right-hander Francisco Liriano, who was reinstated from the disabled list.

---The Rays activated left-hander Jake McGee off the paternity list after he and his wife, Morgan, welcomed daughter Rowen Beth McGee on Thursday.

In a corresponding move, Tampa Bay optioned right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery, where he will start Monday in Pensacola, Fla. Hellickson, who has made one start in the majors since offseason elbow surgery, expects to start for Class A Charlotte next Sunday before rejoining the Rays' rotation against the Boston Red Sox in the Rays' first homestand after the All-Star break.

---Colorado Rockies left-hander Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list to start Sunday.

First baseman/outfielder Kyle Parker was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Anderson, right-hander Jordan Lyles (broken left hand) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. A follow-up X-ray showed he needed more time to heal. He was scheduled to rejoin the rotation July 28 but will be eligible to return Aug. 4.

---Minnesota Twins shortstop Danny Santana (left knee deep bone bruise) will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Fort Myers and, barring a setback, will play there Wednesday and Thursday before being activated by the Twins on Friday.

Santana, who has also played center field for the Twins this year, is scheduled to play five innings in center field Monday. After Fort Myers' off day, he will play seven innings at shortstop Wednesday and nine innings in center field Thursday.

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