Melvin Upton CF SD 2 weeks ago

Upton has been traded to the Padres in the blockbuster pre-Opening Day deal that also sent Craig Kimbrel to San Diego, as first reported by Kiley McDaniel from Fangraphs.

Upton is still out for the first month of the season, but when he returns he'll likely be the fourth outfielder for the Padres. The big consideration for the Braves is that they rid themselves of his contract.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 weeks ago

Upton (foot) was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 27, MLB.com reports.

Upton has been confined to a protective boot for the last five weeks while recovering from sesamoiditis in his left foot. He hoped to get clearance to shed the boot Friday. He still needs to slowly ramp up his activity level in the comings weeks, making it highly unlikely that he joins the Braves any sooner than May.

Melvin Upton CF SD 3 weeks ago

Upton (foot) expects to receive clearance Friday to shed his protective boot, That Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Upton has been confined to the boot for the last five weeks while recovering from sesamoiditis in his left foot. He still needs to slowly ramp up his activity level in the comings weeks, making it highly unlikely that he joins the Braves any sooner than May. Even mid-to-early May would probably be pushing it, as Upton missed nearly all of spring training.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 months ago

Upton (foot) is expected to be out until at least May 1, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Upton will be in a cast for two weeks and then will transition to a walking boot for another four-to-six weeks. From there, he will need to begin the rehab process before finally returning to the lineup. While the timetable could change, as of now he's slated to miss at least the first month of the season, but that absence could extend even longer.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 months ago

Upton's (foot) test results revealed inflammation in his left foot. He will be in a cast for two weeks followed by a walking boot for 4-6 weeks.

Upton's timetable indicates he will miss Opening Day, and could miss a couple weeks to begin the season. He will now begin the healing process, but will miss all of spring training, so he will need to knock off some of the rust when he finally returns from the injury.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 months ago

Upton is experiencing right foot discomfort and will be furhter evaluated, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Bowman also reports Upton will miss "more than just a few days. This doesn't exactly help Upton trying to get back on track, so he's even more of a fantasy stay away. Check back for more updates, as this could end up being a longer-term problem.

Melvin Upton CF SD 2 months ago

Upton will officially be known as "Melvin Upton Jr." going forward, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Upton will answer questions about his name change after reporting to spring training later this week. More importantly, his work with new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has reportedly gone well this offseason. Entering Year 3 of a five-year, $75.25 million pact with the Braves, Upton is looking to get back on track after hitting .208 with 173 strikeouts (despite 12 homers and 20 steals) last season.

Melvin Upton CF SD 7 months ago

Upton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.

With the Braves well out of the playoff chase, manager Fredi Gonzalez is resting many of his regulars, with Upton being one of them. Sunday's outfield will be composed of Ryan Doumit, Emilio Bonifacio and Joe Terdoslavich.

Melvin Upton CF SD 7 months ago

Upton is not in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

Prior to sitting Tuesday, Upton had started seven consecutive games for the Braves, but he'll head back to the bench Thursday as Emilio Bonifacio takes over in center field. Upton is batting just .189/.296/.293 since the All-Star break, and his struggles over the past two seasons surely had a lot to do with Frank Wren losing his job as general manager.

Melvin Upton CF SD 7 months ago

Upton is not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Pirates.

Upton will take a seat for the first time in seven games, conceding center field duties to Emilio Bonifacio against Pirates' starter Gerrit Cole. Upton is hitting .209 with 12 strikeouts in 43 September at-bats.