Justin Upton
LF DET
1 month ago

Manager Brad Ausmus said Upton won't bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton batted second 18 times for the Tigers in the first few weeks of the 2016 season, and he struggled mightily. During that stretch, he batted just .208 with one home run. From that point on, he primarily hit sixth and batted .252 with 30 home runs. Look for Upton to bat in the middle of Detroit's lineup this year, where he clearly appears more comfortable.

Justin Upton
LF DET
2 months ago

Upton, who has an opt-out clause in his contract after this season, will likely remain with Detroit in 2018 and beyond, Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

After this season, Upton will still have four years and $88.5 million left on his contract. It's unlikely that Upton will find a better deal on the open market, given the quiet nature of the current offseason. Upton's average dipped to .246 in his first year with the Tigers, but he tied a career high with 31 home runs. He should continue to post good numbers in a Detroit lineup that includes the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler.

Justin Upton
LF DET
6 months ago

Upton hit his 26th home run of the season in the seventh inning during Game 1 of Thursday's Tigers doubleheader.

EDGE Analysis

Insert more fire emojis here. The blast was his fourth in five days, seventh of the month (plus a .942 September OPS), and 16th since the All-Star break. He's matched his bomb total from last year and finally looks like the top-50 draft pick mixed leaguers expected but didn't get for most of this past season.

Justin Upton
LF DET
6 months ago

Upton went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers, four RBI and a walk in Saturday's 11-4 loss to the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

The slugging outfielder was the only member of the Tigers lineup to get to Corey Kluber, who otherwise stymied the Detroit offense. Upton took the former Cy Young winner deep with a 436-foot solo shot in the second and followed up with a 420-foot three-run blast in the sixth that cut the Indians lead to 6-4 at the time. It was Upton's fourth multi-hit game of September and first homer of the month, but his current .238 average is his lowest since his initial cup of coffee in the majors with the D-backs in 2007.

Justin Upton
LF DET
6 months ago

Upton (calf) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Upton exited Monday's contest with a calf strain and missed Tuesday's tilt as a result, but the issue is apparently minor enough that he'll be able to slot back into the lineup after just one day off. The 29-year-old will draw the start in left field and bat sixth against Minnesota starter Tyler Duffey.

Justin Upton
LF DET
6 months ago

Upton (calf) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Upton hoped to play Tuesday despite leaving Monday's game early with a strained calf, but he will get at least one day to rest and recover. Tyler Collins will get the start in left field Tuesday in Upton's place.

Justin Upton
LF DET
6 months ago

Upton (calf) said he is hopeful that he will be able to play in Tuesday's game, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

EDGE Analysis

He said the calf strain that forced him from Monday's contest after the third inning has been brewing for a couple days. He couldn't plant on a throw he made Monday, which resulted in him leaving early. Steven Moya and Tyler Collins are options to start in left field if Upton can't return Tuesday.

Justin Upton
LF DET
6 months ago

Upton left Monday's game against the Twins after the third inning with a left calf strain and is day-to-day.

EDGE Analysis

He suffered the injury when chasing down and failing to bring back a Brian Dozier home run in the bottom of the third inning. Tyler Collins replaced Upton in left field.

Justin Upton
LF DET
6 months ago

Upton left Monday's game against the Twins after the third inning with an apparent injury, MLive's Evan Woodbery reports.

EDGE Analysis

It seems that he injured himself on defense in the bottom half of the the third inning, but the exact nature of the injury is unknown. Tyler Collins replaced him in left field.

Justin Upton
LF DET
7 months ago

Upton went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a pair of strikeouts against the White Sox on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

While Upton is hitting just .241 on the season, he has been on fire of late, and now has seven home runs in his last 15 games, hitting .321 over that span. The power surge comes at a crucial time for the Tigers, who are sitting a game out of the second AL wild card spot. There's also good reason to think that Upton will stay hot, as the Tigers play the Minnesota Twins six times over the next two weeks. The Twins boast the highest team ERA in the league at 5.26.