DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
22 hours 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.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
2 days 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.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
4 days 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.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
1 week 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.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
2 weeks ago

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he may install a platoon with Upton and Ezequiel Carrera in left field, with Upton as the majority player because of Carerra's productivity against left-handed pitchers, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

In similar situations, Upton often has occupied the short end of those splits, but this could help his fantasy value in deep mixed leagues, especially for speed-starved owners. Of course, even during his 2016 rebound season, the vet hit just .226/.274/.360 against right-handers. Those struggles could end up negating any gains in playing time.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
1 month ago

Upton feels his struggles in recent years have made him "mentally stronger" and well-prepared to hang on to the starting job in left field, which is bursting with competition breathing down his neck, Mike Nabors of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the past three years, Upton has changed his name, changed uniforms three times and late last year jumped back into an American League lineup for the first time since playing for the Rays in 2012. The 12-year veteran feels he's benefited from the roller-coaster ride. "Having some pretty good highs and feeling the lowest of lows kind of put things into perspective and has [helped me] stay even keel," Upton said. "It makes you continue to work and makes you mentally stronger." He'll need more mental toughness to hold on to the starting job in left field, though, where a competition includes journeyman Ezequiel Carrera, the up-and-coming Dalton Pompey and the newly-acquired Steve Pearce. Upton wasn't given a boost of confidence last week when his general manager, Ross Atkins, stated that the Jays' best lineup would include Pearce as the starting left fielder. Upton's 2017 fantasy value hinges on what type of role he'll play.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
1 month ago

Upton and Ezequiel Carrera project to open the season as a platoon in left field, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton will also have Dalton Pompey, a youngster with arguably the most potential of the group, on his heels this spring. The latter will likely wind up in the minors as Pompey is still developing, but Upton by no means is permanently locked in as part of the Jays' plans for the year. Despite a resurgence that lasted a year San Diego, the 11-year veteran has largely disappointed owners in recent seasons. For the first time in a long while, Upton's playing time in 2017 will reflect his performance and not his contract.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
6 months ago

Upton is not in Friday's lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Rangers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton blasted a solo home run in the Game 1 rout over Texas on Thursday, but he'll return to the bench with the right-handed Yu Darvish getting the call to oppose the Toronto lineup Friday. Ezequiel Carrera will slide over to left field in his stead, while Michael Saunders will enter the lineup and serve as the club's DH.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
6 months ago

Upton is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton's playing time against right-handed pitching has dried up considerably -- Tuesday's absence from the lineup marks his fifth in the team's last seven games against opposing right-handers. It makes sense as Upton is batting just .191/.249/.312 since the All-Star break and .227/.273/.362 on the year against righties.

DTDMelvin Upton
LF/CF TOR
6 months ago

Upton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Barry Davis of SportsNet reports.

EDGE Analysis

With a righty taking the mound for Los Angeles, Upton will sit out Sunday afternoon. In Upton's absence, Michael Saunders will start in left field and hit eighth.