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Dan Uggla has Lasik eye surgery, placed on disabled list

Aug 13, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has struggled with vision problems for much of this season and he’s finally decided to undergo Lasik eye surgery.

He’s headed to the disabled list and to replace Uggla on the roster Atlanta recalled Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A, where he was hitting .292 with four homers and a .747 OPS in 74 games. Pastornicky saw extensive action for the Braves last year and got into 18 games for them earlier this season.

Uggla has hit .186 with a league-high 146 strikeouts, including a .133 batting average and 30 strikeouts in 24 games since the All-Star break. Lasik surgery tends to involve an almost immediate recovery, although Uggla’s job requires more from his eyes than most. Presumably he’ll be back in the minimum 15 days. Mark Bowman of writes that the Braves wanted Uggla to have the surgery back in spring training.

  1. tbutler704 - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Maybe now Dan Uggla will realize his uniform is beyond tight and start dressing like an adult.

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Yeah he’s gonna have oxygen problems to his brain from wearing his pants so tight.

    • bowiebears12 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      Haha.. You guys funny.. If he was Hitting homers with a blurring vision. i can’t wait to see him do work when he comes back!!

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Several umpires should follow Uggla’s lead.

    • nbjays - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Only several?

  3. bolweevils2 - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    If he didn’t want the Lasik eye surgery in the spring, why didn’t he at least get glasses? That he could have done almost immediately without a permanent commitment.

    Heck, maybe he did try them at the time. What do I know?

    • dlf9 - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      He wears contacts.

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        But think of how much cooler he would look with some Horace Grant-esque Rec Specs!

      • ptfu - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Or something like this!

      • Walk - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        Uggla only got the contacts recently. He waited two and a half months after he needed contacts to get them. The stated reason for waiting two and a half months during which he played was that he did not want to miss a day where he was getting his eyes dilated. I know he had a day off here and there. I know the braves as a team had off days. He could have gone on any of those days to get his eyes checked and get his contacts but he did not. Two and a half months this guy waited and ran from breaking balls on the inner half the whole time.

  4. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Why are steroids worse than Lasik?

    • paperlions - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Because steroids can may you stronger than you could naturally be, but lasik eye surgery only makes you see better than you naturally can see…and we all know that seeing isn’t really that important for hitting.

      • sloshedzeus - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        And steroids can lead to major health problems. You don’t want kids looking up to a player who uses dangerous PEDs.

      • paperlions - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM


        Studies on steroid related health problems show that short-term effects are all moderate and reverse quickly upon discontinuation of usage, and long-term effects are less severe than the majority of prescription medications. Simply put, there is no evidence that steroids cause the health problems that most people think they do. It was for these reasons that the AMA was 100% against making steroids a controlled substance back in 1991. That was a political stunt and nothing more, and no research since then has shown that the decision was justified.

      • sloshedzeus - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  5. uuddlrlrbastart - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I like how taking two weeks off to have lasers reshape your eyes into a more optimal shape is cool, but pills or injections to do the same for your body turns you into an enemy of all mankind.

    • paperlions - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Of course, because if you use steroids all you have to do for them to work is to work out very strenuously, pretty much every day, with increasingly strenuous workouts…because if you stop, the benefits start to fade within weeks are are completely gone within months…whereas with lasik eye surgery all you have to do is nothing….clearly, the eye surgery is not as evil as the thing where you have to put forth a great deal of effort, nothing in life worth having is worth working hard for

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        I can’t vote you up, Paper, because the your vote total is currently at 4 20.

      • paperlions - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Perfectly understandable.

  6. biasedhomer - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    He still is going to be a horrible hitter.

  7. wpjohnson - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    All Braves fans should hope that this surgery gets Uggla back on the right track. It is certainly worth a try.

  8. paperlions - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I am more and more convinced that people that are blindly opposed to steroids have no real idea why they are opposed….sometimes, it is a moral or “fairness” issue, sometimes it is about being “natural”…it’s a conveniently moving target….I mean, what about all of those guys that don’t want to risk blindness by having a laser cut their eye?

  9. Stiller43 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Having bad eyes is an everyday, person to person problem.

    Needing to get as big as bonds to turn a career great hitter into a 70+ homer guy isnt a relatable problem…

    • paperlions - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Every day people take steroids and HGH for problems, too….so what?

      If some players are weaker than others, should the weak players be allowed to use steroids until the strength playing field is even?

      Eye sight declines with age, just like testosterone levels, as players age, should they be allowed to take ever increasing doses of testosterone so that they can maintain the same strength they had when they were 25?

      Really, the entire argument is: “We have drawn the line in the sand right here, and that is that.” If he wants better eye sight, shouldn’t he do it the natural way? Through eye exercises and diet and such?

      There is no argument for allowing a player to surgically enhance his vision (do you really think they are going to try to just improve his eyesight so that it is the same was it was a few years ago rather than improve it as much as possible?) that does result in the conclusion that it is a performance enhancing procedure. Why a laser is acceptable and naturally occurring compounds are not has everything to do with the arbitrary line people have drawn and nothing to do with morality or performance enhancing….heck it doesn’t even have anything to do with player safety as there is more risk associated with Lasik surgery than taking steroids.

      • jm91rs - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        For most people, Lasik corrects life-long vision problems, not the same type of eye problem that happens with old age.

      • paperlions - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Are you saying Uggla has always had poor vision and just realized it?

        Not sure how that really matters within the context of the surgeries ability to affect performance.

        Many people get testosterone or HGH to correct life long deficiencies, that does not mean that the only use for steroids is to correct deficiencies…just like the only use for Lasik surgery is not to correct life-long vision problems.

  10. ndnut - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    If we want to ban LASIK, we could make the same case for banning glasses/contacts. Vision correction is a necessity in life for some people. Players don’t do it for the sole purpose of seeing a baseball. Steroids are used only for the sport, and not everyday life activities such as reading books or watching TV.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Braves pitchers rejoice at the though of a Simmons-Pastornicky double plays and generally sound defense from the right side of the infield. I think I can hear Tim Hudson’s ankle knitting itself back together at the prospect of ground balls being converted to outs.

  12. mediocrebob - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Thank god

  13. elwi11 - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    He didn’t have lasik yet so the title is wrong. Probably won’t happen till Friday. Anyway, he’s still up there on the homerun list even if he is blind. He’s a good guy and I really hope it helps him with his game. Now if only we can get a little league coach to come show BJ Upton why you can’t hit the ball with your eyes and head turned so far that you’re looking back at the 3rd base dugout we’ll be on to something big! Maybe he needs that “Speedhitter” thing his Tampa Bay hitting coach is selling on TV. Anyone for pitching in to buy it for him?

  14. jm91rs - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I can’t imagine you’d need to miss more than 3 days for lasik, so why put him on the 15 day DL? If you timed it right you could probably miss 1-2 games and be back in no time.

    • jm91rs - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      PS, Lasik is not always permanent. That crap wears off on some people and even if you bought the extended lifetime eye warranty (yes there is such a thing) you’re SOL if your eyes get worse. Then you’ve wasted $2,000 which felt like a million back in college when you forked it out, and you’re back to wearing glasses just to drive a car or watch a baseball game.

      Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

      • Walk - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:29 AM

        I saw a commercial a few days ago advertising lasik for $299 per eye. Kinda stunned me as it was no where near that price when I had it done.

  15. lessick - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    While I see the difference between steroids and Lasik, the gray area is already here and is going to get wider.

    A couple of years ago, Bartolo Colon had stem cells injected in his shoulder and it seems to have worked. The doctor claimed that although HGH is used in that operation typically, he did not use it with Colon because HGH was banned.

    Well, if HGH is used as part of a reparative therapy that is available to non-athletes, then I’m not seeing much difference to Lasik.

    I suspect that many procedures and therapies that involve the use of currently banned substances will become routine for non-athletes. Then what?

  16. janewillys - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Can Lasik actually hurt Dan Uggla?

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