Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
The Braves have good news on Upton:
Tonight's lineup at MIA (7:10, FSS/680AM/BRN): Heyward 9 Simmons 6 Freeman 3 JUpton 7 Gattis 2 La Stella 4 Johnson 5 BUpton 8 Harang 1— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 5, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution updated Justin Upton's status for Wednesday's game:
J.Upton OUT. Braves lineup: Heyward 9 Simmons 6 Freeman 3 Doumit 7 La Stella 4 Johnson 5 Bethancourt 2 BUpton 8 Santana 1— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) September 3, 2014
As the Atlanta Braves try to claw their way into a playoff position, they'll be without Justin Upton for the time being.
MLB.com's Mark Bowman reported the 27-year-old outfielder has suffered a bruised triceps. The team listed Upton as day-to-day:
Upton left tonight's game with a bruised left triceps muscle. He's day-to-day— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 3, 2014
Upton is one of the position players the Braves can least afford to lose at the moment. Going into Tuesday night's game, he was second on the team in batting average (.286), second in on-base percentage (.358) and first in slugging (.516). His 26 home runs and 91 runs batted in also lead the team.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Upton also has Atlanta's second-highest WAR (4.2).
As Ace of MLB Stats illustrated, Upton has really started to turn it on over the last few months:
#Braves Justin Upton is batting .303/.377/.538 with 33 R, 17 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 51 RBI, & 1 SB over his last 60 games.— Ace of MLB Stats (@AceballStats) August 29, 2014
Before taking on the Philadelphia Phillies, the Braves sat seven games back in the National League East and 1.5 games back in the wild-card race. Closing either of those gaps will be nearly impossible as long as Upton is out.