ATLANTA — Braves 2B Dan Uggla, a three-time All-Star, was "disappointed and upset" to be left off the NL Division Series roster.
Uggla hit .179 with 22 homers and ranked third in the NL with 171 strikeouts this season. His struggles continued after laser eye surgery in August. He hit .083 in August and .112 in September.
He said "it hurts" that the Braves "don't think I can help the team win."
"I'm not blind to my numbers, but at the same time I know what I've done my whole career and I still know what I'm capable of doing," Uggla said Thursday. "So I was kind of blindsided by it."
Uggla's career batting average is .246. He hit more than 30 homers in five straight seasons, beginning in 2007 with the Marlins and continuing with a career-high 36 in 2011, his first season in Atlanta. He hit .220 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs in 2012.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he hopes Uggla travels with the team to Los Angeles after Game 2 of the series tonight.
"Yeah, he's part of the team," Gonzalez said. "I would love for him to, yeah."
Uggla said his "first inclination" is to say "I'm going home. But I know that's not the right thing to do."
CABRERA IMPROVING: Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, who had dealt with an array of injuries this season, said during a news conference that he's feeling better after five days of rest.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland acknowledged that Cabrera isn't 100 percent healthy and won't be during the playoffs, which start tonight at the Athletics in the AL Division Series.
"He's playable," Leyland said. "He's not 100 percent. Obviously the medical people feel that he's not going to do anything to endanger his future and he wants to play. He's handicapped a little bit, obviously, although I think he is better. Probably the last few days have helped him out a little bit."
PERALTA MAKES CLUB: Jhonny Peralta is on the Tigers' ALDS roster. Just more than a week ago, the All-Star shortstop completed his 50-game suspension for ties to the Biogenesis clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Peralta won't start in Game 1 tonight, sitting in favor of SS Jose Iglesias.
ETHIER IN: OF Andre Ethier is on the Dodgers' NLDS roster despite an injured ankle that likely will limit him to pinch-hitting duties. Ethier hasn't played in the outfield since Sept. 13, but Los Angeles decided he had enough value to be included on the 25-man roster, especially with injured OF Matt Kemp out for the playoffs.
CARDS MOVE UP KELLY: RHP Joe Kelly is set to start Game 3 of the NLDS for the Cardinals. Kelly appeared to be the likeliest choice given that rookie RHPs Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha were set to be available out of the bullpen in Game 1.
AROUND THE MAJORS: The Royals hired Dale Sveum to handle infield instruction and other coaching duties, three days after he was fired as Cubs manager. … Former major-league OF Chad Curtis was sentenced in Michigan to seven to 15 years in prison for inappropriately touching teenage girls. … Padres RHP Tyson Ross had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and is expected to be okay for spring training.