Amid struggles, La Stella given day off

Amid struggles, La Stella given day off

PHILADELPHIA -- After his fifth straight hitless game on Thursday, Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella was given a day off on Friday night.

"I thought it was good timing to kind of let him relax a little bit," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's played every game since he's been up here. And I think it's time to give him a little breather. Let him sit back and watch a Major League game."

Through his first 26 big league games, the 25-year-old has hit .271 with eight RBIs and six runs in 96 at-bats.

"[Saturday], we'll run him back out there in the No. 2 hole. We'll go back to the normal lineup," Gonzalez said.

Meanwhile, Dan Uggla took La Stella's spot on the diamond on Friday night and batted eighth.

"He's got great numbers in [Citizens Bank Park] and he handles [Phillies starter Kyle] Kendrick pretty good," Gonzalez said of Uggla.

Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.