Updates from Wednesday, June 11
David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Justin Upton is in the Braves' lineup:
The Atlanta Braves announced on Tuesday night that outfielder Justin Upton strained his left hamstring. He's listed as day to day:
Justin Upton left tonight's game with a left hamstring strain. He is day-to-day.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 11, 2014
The two-time All-Star was removed after the first inning, making way for Jordan Schafer, per Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan in Atlanta:
Justin Upton is out of the game. Jordan Schafer is taking over in LF. Stay tuned. #Braves— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) June 11, 2014
After the game David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that the injury doesn't seem serious:
#Braves JUpton (hamstring) indicated it might be a day or two before he plays, but didn't rule out tomorrow.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) June 11, 2014
Upton made the most of his short time on the field, singling in the top of the first and scoring the Braves' third run of the game on a single by Tommy La Stella. That base hit upped his season average to .295, which is the highest among Atlanta's regular starters. His 14 home runs and 36 RBI are also tops for the team.
The Braves have struggled offensively this season, so taking Upton's bat out of the lineup will leave a major hole. Since he's only day to day, his absence shouldn't affect the team too much in the long run.
Atlanta came into the game tied with the Washington Nationals for the lead in the National League East, so that could change for as long as Upton is out.