Uggla hopeful for Sunday

With a day of rest, Dan Uggla is hopeful to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday in the Marlins series finale with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Uggla was scratched just before Saturday’s game due to tightness in his left hamstring. The All-Star second baseman extended himself making a stretch at second base in the fourth inning on Friday.

On the play, Alfonso Soriano hit a hard grounder into the hole at short. Alfredo Amezaga made a nice diving stop and threw to Uggla at second. Looking like a first baseman doing a stretch, Uggla pulled the ball in to get the force out on Mike Fontenot.

“On that play yesterday, I stretched it really as far as it could go,” Uggla said. “Yeah, I’d like to think tomorrow [I’ll be ready]. We’ll wait and see.”

In pregame warmups on Saturday, Uggla did some starting and stopping running. Hitting, he is fine, but moving around was a problem.

“It was really tight today, and I didn’t want to push it, and do anything bad to it,” Uggla said. “I felt it stretch, but it didn’t really bother me at all [Friday]. I felt it a little bit in the ninth. It was tight, but nothing big. I woke up this morning and I guess it had been stretched as far as it can be stretched.”

Even though he didn’t play Saturday, manager Fredi Gonzalez considered using Uggla as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. But the situation didn’t arise. Had Uggla batted and reached base, he would have been lifted for a pinch-runner.

– Joe Frisaro

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