Justin Upton Injury: Updates on Braves OF's Hamstring and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2014

Atlanta Braves Justin Upton reacts to striking out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)
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Updates from Wednesday, June 11

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Justin Upton is in the Braves' lineup:

Original Text:

The Atlanta Braves announced on Tuesday night that outfielder Justin Upton strained his left hamstring. He's listed as day to day:

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:

After the game David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that the injury doesn't seem serious:

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.

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