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Upton (foot) is expected to be out until at least May 1, Mark Bowman of 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 ATL 29 Days

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 ATL 29 Days

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

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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.

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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.

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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 ATL 6 Months

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.

Melvin Upton CF ATL 6 Months

Upton is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.

Including Sunday's game, Upton will now have started just just two of the last seven games in center field for the Braves. Emilio Bonifacio will supplant him once again Sunday.

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Upton is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rangers.

Emilio Bonifacio will supplant Upton in center for the fourth time in six games. While Upton has launched a pair of homers already this month, he's batting a dismal .187/.298/.309 since the All-Star break and it seems manager Fredi Gonzalez may finally be at the end of his rope with the 30-year-old.

Melvin Upton CF ATL 7 Months

Upton went 1-for-4 with his 11th homer of the season in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Nationals.

Upton parked a Stephen Strasburg pitch over the left field wall to begin the top of the fifth inning, his second homer of the month and fourth since the All-Star break. It was Upton's first start since last Saturday, as manager Fredi Gonzalez turned to Emilio Bonifacio to man center in the finale against Miami as well as the first two games against Washington. While it's uncertain how the playing time will be divvied up moving forward, Gonzalez has been loyal to Upton this season and Wednesday's performance likely earned Upton at least another start or two this week.