Melvin Upton CF SD 2 weeks ago

Upton went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the year -- a two-run shot -- and a walk out of the leadoff spot Sunday in Arizona.

The homer came in ninth-inning garbage time, but hey, they all count. It's hard to expect much from Upton in a part-time role, but he could provide the occasional homer and some steals when he makes it into the lineup. Of course, he's a batting-average vampire for fantasy purposes.

Melvin Upton CF SD 3 weeks ago

Upton is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the A's.

The 30-year-old has been in the lineup the last two times the Padres have faced lefty starters -- he even led off Tuesday -- but Upton's made just one start against a right-hander since returning from the DL. Look for that trend to continue.

Melvin Upton CF SD 4 weeks ago

Upton is in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.

Upton was activated from the DL on Monday, but he was no included in Tuesday's lineup, though he did log an at-bat as a pinch hitter. He'll take over in center field Wednesday as Matt Kemp gets the day off.

Melvin Upton CF SD 4 weeks ago

Upton (foot) was officially activated from the disabled list Monday.

Upton's foot injury cost him the first two months of the season, but he'll finally rejoin the club Monday. He won't start in the contest, but the veteran outfielder figures to see a fair share of starts in center field until Wil Myers returns from the disabled list. The Padres optioned Abraham Almonte to Triple-A El Paso to make room for Upton on the 25-man roster.

Melvin Upton CF SD 1 month ago

Upton (foot) will be reinstated from the disabled list prior to Monday's series opener against the Braves, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.

Upton hasn't been available to the Padres all season, but it seems fitting that he'll make his 2015 debut against his former team. He hasn't been particularly impressive in his rehab outings, however, and will likely occupy a reserve outfield role upon returning.

Melvin Upton CF SD 1 month ago

Upton (foot) is 11-for-41 (.268) with two doubles, five RBI, and three stolen bases through 11 rehab games with Triple-A El Paso.

Upton owns just a .650 OPS with El Paso, but he has not experienced any setbacks since first taking the field May 18, and was able to play three days in a row this week for the first time since last September. He is nearing the maximum of 20 days that a non-pitcher can spend in the minors during a rehab assignment, so the Padres will be forced to make a decision on whether or not to activate him in the next few days.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 months ago

Upton (foot) will actually begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Monday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

Upton was expected to begin his rehab assignment this weekend, but it looks like that will be pushed back instead. It shouldn't change his return date much, but it could push it back a day or two.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 months ago

Upton (foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso this weekend, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Upton has been playing at extended spring training, and he could spend quite a bit of time with Triple-A El Paso. The most recent estimate has him returning in early June, at which point he'll likely serve as the Padres' fourth or fifth outfielder.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 months ago

Upton (foot) will serve as the DH in an extended spring training game Monday, and plans to play in the field Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

Upton will continue his rehab in extended spring before progressing to the minors, and likely won't see big league action until early-June. Due to a crowded outfield in San Diego, Upton will probably see sporadic playing time, at best, upon his return.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 months ago

Upton (foot) is nearing an extended spring training game and is on track to join the Padres in early-June, the Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders reports.

He will likely get 40-50 minor league at-bats before joining the Padres, where he will serve as outfield depth. Upton's offensive struggles have been well-documented and he does not have an obvious path to playing time so it's best to take a wait-and-see approach with him in most formats.