8/13/2013 7:03 P.M. ET
Uggla to have eye surgery, sent to DL
By Mark Bowman and Eric Single / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Dan Uggla opted not to wear contact lenses when he was diagnosed with astigmatism during Spring Training. When he relented in June, he viewed it as a more acceptable solution than undergoing vision-correcting LASIK surgery and missing at least two weeks while recovering from the procedure.
But with his struggles mounting and the contacts not providing the desired results, Uggla did not put up a fight when the Braves approached him on Tuesday afternoon and advised him to have LASIK performed.
"Obviously, I don't want to go on the DL whatsoever, but at the same time, we've got to do what is best for the team right now," Uggla said. "I've been struggling pretty bad and battling with the contacts and grinding with those things day in and day out, so I think the best thing is to go ahead and do it now."
Uggla will undergo the procedure by the end of this week and then spend a few days allowing his eyes to heal. He hopes to be back in the lineup when he is eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 28.
Tyler Pastornicky, who was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, will serve as the starting second baseman in Uggla's absence.
"When this procedure works -- and I do say 'when' instead of 'if' because of the success rate -- we may see a guy that's a new player," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "So that's encouraging for me."
In addition to a team-high 21 home runs, Uggla has a Major League-worst .186 batting average and a National League-high 146 strikeouts. When he began wearing contacts on June 21, he was hitting .194, with a .715 OPS. In the 45 games that followed, he has hit .174, with a .668 OPS.
"Battling with this all year long has been extremely difficult," Uggla said. "I want to be helping my teammates and helping this organization win every game, because that is what I'm used to doing throughout my career. I haven't been doing that, and I haven't been able to do that. It's been extremely frustrating."
Although Uggla is hoping to return before the end of August, it remains to be seen how quickly he'll get used to his new vision.
Said Brian McCann, who underwent the procedure two weeks after the conclusion of the 2009 season: "I think there's going to be an adjustment period seeing through the eyes he's going to have, and it's going to take a little bit of time. I was fine within three weeks to a month, but again, I don't know, because I didn't do it during the season."
Police call death of Braves fan Homer an accident
ATLANTA -- The death of the man who fell from the fourth level of Turner Field on Monday was described as accidental by an Atlanta police report released on Tuesday afternoon.
Ronald Lee Homer Jr., 30, of Conyers, Ga., fell from the upper level into the players' parking lot before the game against the Phillies, according to the report. Multiple witnesses said there were no other people around Homer when he fell; there were no surveillance cameras in the area.
Officers responded to the situation at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET, after which time Homer was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. According to the report, Homer was unconscious and not breathing when EMS units arrived on the scene and began to perform CPR.
The incident occurred during a rain delay that pushed back Monday night's first pitch by one hour and 48 minutes.
"The Atlanta Braves extend our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Mr. Homer's family and friends," the team said in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon. "We are saddened by this tragic incident and will continue our investigation along with the Atlanta Police Department. We will have no further comment until the investigation is complete."
The team also announced that a moment of silence will be observed for Homer before Tuesday night's game against the Phillies.
"You come to a baseball game and some crazy stuff like that happens," manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Tuesday. "Again, I don't know what happened, but you've got to feel for the family. You don't expect those things when you come to a baseball game or a sporting event."
• Left-hander Paul Maholm will make a six-inning rehab start for Class A Rome on Saturday. The Braves plan to limit Maholm's workload to approximately 90 pitches in hopes of activating him during next week's four-game series against the Cardinals if it is determined that no additional rehab start is required.
• Jordan Schafer started in center field in place of B.J. Upton on Tuesday night, the 26-year-old utility outfielder's second start since returning from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.
Upton is hitless in 12 plate appearances since going 4-for-5 against the Nationals on Aug. 7, and his .096 average with runners in scoring position is the worst in the league among players with at least 50 plate appearances in that situation.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.