OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
2 months ago

Upton had surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament and will miss at least eight weeks, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports

EDGE Analysis

Upton won't be able to go on a rehab assignment until late June in the absolute best case, so chances are he won't be available for the Giants until after the All-Star break. He hit 20 home runs between the Blue Jays and Padres last season and was looking like an intriguing outfield option before this injury took him out. Now the 31-year-old will have a long road back to the majors.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
2 months ago

Upton injured his thumb when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton, who signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on April 8, has been stationed with Triple-A Sacramento as he looks to play his way back into the majors. Until more concrete details become available regarding his thumb's condition, the veteran outfielder will be labeled as day-to-day.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
3 months ago

Upton is set to sign a minor-league contract with the Giants on Saturday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton was released by the Blue Jays right before the season started after struggling throughout spring. Upon signing with the Giants, he'll likely report to Triple-A Sacramento where he will try to work his way back to the majors. If he's able to impress the Giants, Upton could eventually earn himself an opportunity to platoon with Jarrett Parker in left field.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
3 months ago1 Comment

Upton was released by the Blue Jays on Sunday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

After a rough spring in which he hit .194 (7-for-36), Upton was informed that he wasn't going to make the team's Opening Day roster. It appears that the Blue Jays attempted to trade the 32-year-old, but have ultimately elected to release him after a trade wasn't able to be completed. The veteran outfield should link up with another major-league team shortly.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
3 months ago

Upton isn't expected to be on Toronto's Opening Day roster, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton has been dealing with a shoulder injury throughout the spring, but it appears that his upcoming demotion is performance related. Through 13 games this spring, he's gone just 6-for-34 (.176) and has struck out 10 times over 35 plate appearances. Although specific details are currently unavailable, Olney also reported that the Blue Jays are exploring other options that would essentially eliminate their need for the 32-year-old outfielder.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
3 months ago

Upton (shoulder) will man left field and bat in the leadoff spot in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton has been sidelined for a little over a week with right shoulder soreness, but after taking batting practice Saturday without any complications, he's been cleared to return to action and doesn't appear to be at any risk of missing the start of the season. The 32-year-old is likely slated to occupy the smaller portion of a platoon in left field this season, presumably with Ezequiel Carrera.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
3 months ago

Upton (shoulder) took batting practice Saturday and is expected to return to game action Sunday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton has missed the last week with soreness, but continually suggested it wasn't anything serious. The Blue Jays have exercised caution with bringing him back into action and it appears he'll be ready to go for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder enters his second season in Toronto looking to build upon a rough 2016 campaign in which he hit just .196 over 57 games for the Jays.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
3 months ago

Upton (shoulder) did not play in Friday's spring training game against the Red Sox, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton's shoulder soreness has kept him out for close to one week at this point, and while manager John Gibbons suggested earlier in the week that the veteran outfield would be back soon, he's still not quite ready for game action. Still, Upton will likely be able to get back in the lineup for a couple of tuneups before the season officially gets underway on April 3. Upton's next chance to return will come Saturday against the Yankees.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
3 months ago

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons expects Upton (shoulder) to return within a few days, Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gibbons said the injury is nothing more than general soreness, which jibes with the early reports. Upton has been held out of Grapefruit League action since he was scratched from Saturday's lineup, but there's been no suggestion he's in danger of missing Opening Day. The bigger concern is that Upton could share playing time in left field with Ezequiel Carrera (thigh) and Steve Pearce.

OUTMelvin Upton
LF/CF SF
3 months ago

Upton was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to right shoulder soreness, Toronto play-by-play announcer Mike Wilner reports.

EDGE Analysis

Darrell Ceciliani will take over in right field Saturday with Upton's removal from the lineup. Fortunately, Upton told Wilner that he doesn't believe his shoulder soreness will be a long-term issue. Upton's next chance to return to the lineup will come Sunday against the Pirates.