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Uggla hit his first home run of the season Tuesday against the Braves, a three-run shot in the ninth inning to give the Nationals the win. He had three hits in the game in five plate appearances.

This was by far Uggla's best performance of the season. Heading into the game, he had just two RBIs in 13 games with 11 strikeouts and an on-base percentage of just .200.

Dan Uggla 2B WAS 1 month ago

Uggla came off the bench Monday to go 1-for-2 with an RBI.

The second baseman has struggled mightily at the plate in part-time action this season. Through 37 at-bats Uggla has a .135 average and just two RBI. When Anthony Rendon returns for the Nationals, Uggla's time will be diminished even further.

Dan Uggla 2B WAS 1 month ago

Uggla is out of the lineup Thursday, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

Danny Espinosa gets the start at second base with lefty Cole Hamels on the mound for Philadelphia. Uggla is hitting just .130 on the season, and if he's not going to hit, the Nationals will be fine just taking Espinosa's excellent defense and punting offense at that position while Anthony Rendon is out.

Dan Uggla 2B WAS 1 month ago

Uggla is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

Uggla will return to action and hit eighth Wednesday after sitting out in favor of Danny Espinosa the last couple days. Expect the two to continue sharing the second base duties moving forward.

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Uggla is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Uggla started five of the Nationals' first six games, but he will be held out Monday for the second time in three games after getting off to a 2-for-18 (.111) start. Danny Espinosa will cover second base for the Nationals on Monday.

Dan Uggla 2B WAS 2 months ago

Uggla went 1-for-4 on Wednesday with a double, his first hit as a National.

He's also only struck out once in two games, a good initial sign that Uggla's vision issues might truly be behind him. His comeback story is one of the more intriguing narratives of the early season, but his spot in the starting lineup with the Nats will last only until Anthony Rendon comes off the DL.

Dan Uggla 2B WAS 2 months ago

Uggla will start at second base for the Nationals on Opening Day and bat seventh, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

He may not have the starting job for long, depending on how quickly Anthony Rendon makes it back from his knee injury, but Uggla's comeback from vision problems could be one of the more interesting stories through the first couple of weeks of the season. Owners in NL-only leagues may want to pounce on him now, in case he shows any flashes of his old power.

Dan Uggla 2B WAS 2 months ago

Uggla has made the Nationals' Opening Day roster, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

Uggla hit two long balls and slugged .457 over 46 spring at-bats, which was enough to earn him a 25-man roster spot to begin the year. With Anthony Rendon (knee) starting the year on the 15-day DL, Uggla will likely split time with Danny Espinosa while Yunel Escobar moves over to the hot corner. His performance will dictate whether he remains on the roster following the return of Rendon.

Dan Uggla 2B WAS 2 months ago

Uggla will bat seventh and play second base in the Nationals' final exhibition game on Saturday against the Yankees, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Other than the Nats needing a DH, Saturday's lineup looks to be the one the club will use to kick off the regular season. Uggla will likely only have the starting second base job as long as Anthony Rendon (knee) is on the shelf, but he could provide a short-term power boost from a middle infield spot if he truly is recovered from the vision issues that put his career in jeopardy.

Dan Uggla 2B WAS 2 months ago

The Nationals are giving Yunel Escobar some work at third base, the Washington Post reports.

Escobar was brought in to be the club's second baseman, but Anthony Rendon's knee injury changes the Nats' infield picture considerably. If the club is comfortable with Escobar at third to begin the season, it could open the door for Uggla to be the starting second baseman, although Danny Espinosa is also still part of the equation.