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Manager Fredi Gonzalez spoke of Uggla's past success and put last season into perspective. Said Gonzalez,
"Last year, although his batting average was down, he still hit 20 homers and walked a bunch. Just a couple years ago he became the first second baseman to hit at least 30 home runs in five consecutive seasons. It's still there."Uggla will have competition but not so much from Pastornicky, Uggla's initial replacement -- at least not immediately. Pastornicky's chance ended very quickly when he collided with Jayson Heyward in effort to make a catch just one game into his tenure as the starter. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on August 19. Bowman says that Pastronicky will have restricted activities for the first part of Spring Training, but he will join the competition with Uggla and prospect Tommy La Stella for the starter's role. Pastornicky hit .300 in 20 games last year.
Pena has no limitations according to Bowman. He had surgery on June 27 to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. He was a part-time player in 2013 but managed a .278 average and three home runs in 50 games.
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