BRAVES: Dan Uggla lofted a majestic fly and began his home-run trot, thinking he had hit a home run at Marlins Park.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez thought the ball was gone. So did Marlins center fielder Justin Ruggiano, and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. The dimensions are daunting – 386 feet to left-center, 418 to center and 392 to right-center.
“I absolutely blasted it,” Uggla, who ended up having to hustle for a double, said.
There were no homers in Monday’s 14-inning game, which Atlanta won 7-1, even though several seemed to have long-ball potential. Stanton estimated that if the game had been played in Cincinnati, there would have been eight home runs.
PHILLIES: Right-hander Luis Garcia has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley by the Philadelphia Phillies to replace struggling righty Phillippe Aumont. Garcia had a 1.67 ERA and 11 saves in 31 appearances at three levels of the minors this season. Garcia was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and one save at Double-A Reading, and 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA and three saves at Lehigh Valley.
TWINS: Left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar will go on the bereavement list Thursday following the death of his grandmother.
Thielbar will rejoin the team this weekend and be eligible to pitch on Sunday against the New York Yankees. Right-hander Michael Tonkin will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Thielbar’s roster spot.
PADRES: President and CEO Tom Garfinkel, who assumed the duties of CEO after predecessor Jeff Moorad stepped aside early last year, has stepped down. The team says executive chairman Ron Fowler is assuming Garfinkel’s responsibilities until a replacement is hired.