B. J. Upton CF ATL 20 Hrs

B.J. Upton singled in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

The Braves managed just four hits on the day. Upton has struggled to get anything going in the early part of the season, hitting just .190/.242/.293 with three extra-base hits (one home run) and an 18/4 K/BB ratio through 62 plate appearances. If the struggles out of the No. 2 spot continue, look for Andrelton Simmons to move up in the order.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 9 Days

B.J. Upton is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Mets.

Upton is off to another awful start, batting just .138/.138/.172 with a league-high 13 strikeouts over 29 plate appearances. Jordan Schafer is in center field in his place, and Andrelton Simmons has moved up to the No. 2 spot.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 18 Days

Batting second as expected, B.J. Upton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Brewers on Monday.

Upton is more intriguing for fantasy purposes while batting second, but there's not really any good reason for Fredi Gonzalez to have him up that high until he shows something positive. The experiment won't last long if the Braves remain quiet offensively.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 22 Days

B.J. Upton homered and walked against the Tigers' Max Scherzer in the Braves' loss Thursday.

That's a pretty good day for the Braves' new No. 2 hitter. It was Upton's first homer in 60 at-bats this spring. He's hit .267, but he's also struck out 21 times, so it hasn't been the best of springs by any means.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 24 Days

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is leaning toward batting B.J. Upton second.

Upton doesn't make enough contact to be the prototypical No. 2 hitter, but Gonzalez is willing to give him a shot. We're not fully convinced that he's ready for a rebound after his nightmare 2013, but he makes for a fine late-round flier in fantasy leagues.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 26 Days

B.J. Upton went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk Sunday against the Mets.

Upton has his spring average up to .294, though the fact that it's come with no homers and 17 strikeouts in 51 at-bats nullifies any reason for excitement. At least he has shown enough that manager Fredi Gonzalez probably won't be in any hurry to bench him if he starts off April with a couple of 0-for-4s.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 1 Month

B.J. Upton went 2-for-4 and stole his fourth base of the spring Sunday against the Yankees.

Upton stole it off former teammate Brian McCann. Upton isn't hitting for any power this spring, but he does have his average up to .297 in 37 at-bats. Interesting is that he's attempted five steals. Last year, his streak of five straight 30-steal seasons ended when he stole just 12 bases in 17 attempts. If he attempts 40 steals or so this year, he won't need to bounce all of the way back offensively to be a useful fantasy outfielder.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 1 Month

B.J. Upton singled twice and stole his second base of the spring Monday versus the Phillies.

After opening the spring 0-for-4, Upton, who missed Saturday's game with an illness, is 7-for-22 with a couple of doubles in seven games this month. His spring performance hasn't been particularly encouraging or discouraging as of yet. He seems to be making more contact after tweaking his spring over the winter, but he hasn't displayed much power yet.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 1 Month

B.J. Upton was scratched from the Braves starting lineup on Saturday due to an illness.

He's expected to return to the lineup in a day or two. The 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .200 (4-for-20) with an 8/1 K/BB ratio through his first seven Grapefruit League contests.

B. J. Upton CF ATL 3 Months

B.J. Upton has worked on his swing over the winter, and Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said it's "a lot closer to what it was when he first broke into the league."

Walker watched Upton take swings in an indoor batting cage earlier this week in Tampa, Fla. "The swings I saw work for me," Walker said. "It was a lot different than what we saw last year. It was a lot more simple, with a lot less moving parts." Upton is looking for a big rebound year after batting an embarrassing .184/.268/.289 with nine homers in his first year in Atlanta.