Uggla takes home unusual new pet

Uggla takes home unusual new pet

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins don't necessarily have a new mascot, but Dan Uggla and a couple of his teammates have an unusual house pet in Spring Training.

While golfing on Thursday at a local course in Jupiter, Uggla's cart almost struck a baby raccoon. Seeing the animal was alone and struggling, the Marlins second baseman wrapped it in a towel and brought it back to the apartment. The players started calling it Ricky.

Uggla is rooming with Logan Kensing and Jeremy Hermida. Kensing read up on raccoons on the Internet, and the pitcher is feeding the animal, which is only a couple of inches long.

"It can fit in your palm," Uggla said. "It doesn't do anything. We put it in a basket, and all it does is sleep. We're not going to have it long."

Uggla plans on calling an animal control center to pick up the raccoon in the next day or two.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.