B.J. Upton Will Start Against Phillies Today

B.J. Upton has been in a season long slump

B.J. Upton has been in a season long slump

Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton was activated off the disabled list and will start today against the Phillies.  Upton will play center field and bat seventh.

Upton went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring injury suffered while trying to make a running catch.

Catcher Gerald Laird has been placed on the disabled list with a kidney stone problem to make room for B.J. Upton.

In his rehab stint Upton played three games at Triple-A Gwinnett and banged out four hits in twelve at bats.  He stroked three doubles and registered two RBI.

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On the season, Upton has hit .177 with 8 homers and only 20 RBI in 277 at bats.  He is near the bottom of the National League in nearly every statistical category.  His .103 average with runners in scoring position is the worst in the major leagues

With their 11 1/2 game lead in the NL East, the Braves are in a position where they can try to get Upton going.  However, with the chance to finish with the best record in the National League and home field advantage through the NLCS, it is doubtful that their patience with elder Upton will be limitless.

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BravesBeliever
BravesBeliever
We can only hope that your latter prediction regarding the short leash on BJ is true. There is only so much Wrenn and Co. should do to save face on what appears at this point to be a $75M boondoggle. Sometimes one has to admit to their miscalculation, whether foreseen or not, suck it up and make the wisest decision for the future. I do not blame Braves ownership for their estimation of BJ’s worth at the time. Many said it was about right; but, there comes a time when one must do whatever is necessary, no matter how painful… Read more »
BravesBeliever
BravesBeliever
We can only hope that your latter prediction regarding the short leash on BJ is true. There is only so much Wrenn and Co. should do to save face on what appears at this point to be a $75M boondoggle. Sometimes one has to admit to their miscalculation, whether foreseen or not, suck it up and make the wisest decision for the future. I do not blame Braves ownership for their estimation of BJ’s worth at the time. Many said it was about right; but, there comes a time when one must do whatever is necessary, no matter how painful… Read more »
Bob Long
Bob Long

Heyward and BMac are sitting this one out, today. Plus, with Beachy on the hill, the line-up took a hit with Joey T and BJ playing. Also, Simmons shouldn’t be leading off.
This smells like the end of the winning streak.

Lee

Damn!

pep
I am a paying fan of the Braves and I am very upset about what happened today. It was crazy not to keep the thing going that we had with Heyward leading off and McCann catching and Gattis in left field. Do we all of a sudden have to screw things up just to accommodate B J and his contract. I want to win and I don’t care to try and justify a mistake and ruin our good run. And on top of that they bat Uggla and B J back to back. That’s an automatic 2 outs almost every… Read more »
rogerheld
rogerheld
I wish I could say all the nasty things about BJ everyone else is saying but I do believe in his talent. I have believed all season that Heyward is a natural 3 hitter. However, the results with him at the top of the lineup are stunning. This recent lineup has many advantages and needs to stay the same. Not only with Heyward at the top but with Freeman and McCann flanking Gattis and with Chris Johnson hitting behind Uggla. This lineup was the natural cause for Heyward, McCann, Uggla, AND JUpt getting hot at the same time. I understand… Read more »
rogerheld
rogerheld

Besides, remember what Crash Davis said. “You don’t mess with a winning streak. They don’t come around that often and you have to do everything you can – no matter how stupid it sounds – to keep it going.”

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