ATLANTA -- Sometime during the Braves' celebration for clinching a playoff spot Tuesday, second baseman Dan Uggla reached into a bin full of ice for a drink. Instead of finding what he wanted, Uggla cut his right hand and required stitches to stop the bleeding.
Uggla played Wednesday and Thursday and doesn't plan on missing any games because of the injury now that the stitches have been replaced by three staples.
After going 2-for-4 with a double in Thursday night's 6-2 victory against the Marlins, Uggla downplayed the effects of what he said felt like an "exploding pain" when he hits the ball.
"It's just for a minute," Uggla said. "It doesn't hinder anything. It's part of baseball, you're going to have nicks and bruises like that and you've got to play through."
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he barely considered taking Uggla out of the lineup after learning of the injury.
"You'd have to amputate it before he comes out of the game," Gonzalez joked. "And he'll still find a way to hit with one hand."
Center fielder Michael Bourn was once again out of the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Mets. This is the fifth straight game Bourn has missed with a sprained left thumb he sustained Saturday in Philadelphia. Gonzalez said he is hopeful Bourn will return Saturday or Sunday.
Gonzalez said if the Braves advance to the National League Division Series, he would pick between left-handers Paul Maholm and Mike Minor for his Game 2 starting pitcher. Right-hander Tim Hudson is in line to start Game 1 and right-hander Kris Medlen would start Game 3 after starting the NL Wild Card game.
Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.