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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.
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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.
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Upton is out of the Braves' lineup again Tuesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Upton will yield center-field duties to Emilio Bonifacio again Tuesday, marking the first time all season Upton has sat out three consecutive games. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has not tipped his hand as to how he plans to divvy up the playing time over the final 17 games, though it seems safe to say Bonifacio will be playing more frequently. Upton is batting just .206/.284/.327 through 538 plate appearances this season.
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Upton is not in Monday's lineup.
Upton typically sits out one or two games per week, and he'll take a seat for the second game in a row Monday, with Emilio Bonifacio playing center field. Unless Upton is stealing bases, he's more harmful than helpful in fantasy, as his .206 batting average speaks to his current skills at the plate.
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Upton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.
Upton has made four straight starts in center field, but will receive his second day of rest of the week in favor of Emilio Bonifacio. Batting just over the dreaded Mendoza line at .206 this season, it's only getting tougher for manager Fredi Gonzalez to justify keeping the speedy Upton atop the lineup as the team chases down one of the final Wild Card spots.
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Batting eighth, Upton went 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run home run to lead the Braves to a win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
It's been a disappointing season for the outfielder, hitting .207/.285/.330 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI.
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Upton is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mets.
As was the case late last season, it appears manager Fredi Gonzalez's patience is wearing thin with Upton and his lack of on-base skills. Upton will sit out for the third time in six games, making way for Emilio Bonifacio to handle center field.
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Upton is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Mets.
Upton is 7-for-59 in the month of August with two home runs and just four RBI. He will yield the start Tuesday to Emilio Bonifacio, who will man center field and bat second for the Braves.
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Upton is out of the lineup Friday against the Reds.
Just when it seemed like Upton couldn't sink any lower, he has hit .132/.270/.283 in August (17 games), lowering his overall OPS down to .611. Manager Fredi Gonzalez finally caved and removed Upton from the leadoff spot earlier this month, and it seems he'll take it a step further and start sitting him more regularly over the final weeks of the season. Emilio Bonifacio will man center field and bat second in his absence Friday.