Ever had a kidney stone? I have. In fact I have had a few. They suck and are very painful. It is very similar to watching this offense right now. Not quite as bad, but very close.

Today’s game was almost a copy of the last two. The Braves get guys on and can’t get them in. The Giants continued to hit home runs and…sigh, I can’t go on.

I have been around here long enough where I feel Alex won’t mind if I do this. This is about the point where Mac would say, “FREE TOMMY LA STELLA!”

I know the Braves are not ones to panic. They are very patient and give guys the chance to succeed. They will move guys around in the order, give them days off, spend hours trying to fix them and so on. It may be time to face the facts on Dan Uggla. His bat speed has slowed to the point where you can’t even say he has a slider speed bat. Last year he sucked, but when he got a hit it was a double or a home run, now they are only bloop singles. Romiro Pena is a nice role player, but not an everyday guy. Tyler Pastornicky, frankly, isn’t much better than Uggla right now.

La Stella was an 8th round pick of the Braves out of Coastal Carolina in 2011. He has done nothing but hit since he was drafted. He doesn’t have a lot of pop, but neither do any of the Braves options at second base right now. His defense isn’t, let’s say, Lemmer-esq, but again, neither are the Braves other options right now.

I’m not sure the Braves can find a taker for Uggla. Maybe the can “fake DL” him or something. Let him work on learning to pitch, focus on selling his condo or something. In 15-20 days if La Stella has been an upgrade, cut Uggla lose. If not, what have you lost?

I’m not saying La Stella is the answer to the Braves woes at the plate, but he couldn’t hurt.