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B.J. Upton exits game with strained abductor muscle

Jul 12, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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After losing right fielder Jason Heyward to a hamstring injury yesterday, the Braves had to remove another outfielder tonight against the Reds. Center fielder B.J. Upton had trouble reading a Todd Frazier line drive to center in the first inning. He dove forward to make the grab, but as the ball ricocheted off of his glove, his right knee dug into the Turner Field grass, creating a large divot. After a few minutes, Upton gingerly walked off the field with manager Fredi Gonzalez and a trainer due to a strained right abductor muscle, per David O’Brien. (For those, like me, not brushed up on anatomy terminology: the abductor muscle is located on the hip.)

Joey Terdoslavich came into the game playing left field, Justin Upton moved from left field to right field, and Reed Johnson moved from right field to center field.

Upton was not having a great season, bringing a .177/.266/.300 slash line into tonight’s game, but losing him is still a significant blow to the Braves, who are now dealing with a slew of injuries. They entered the night with a six-game lead over the second-place Nationals and a 7.5-game lead over the Phillies, but the Braves feel anything but comfortable going into the All-Star break.

  1. thomas844 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    If it’s an abductor in the hip it could be either his gluteus medius or his tensor fascia lata.

  2. scdocal - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Hate to bash on bj but maybe this will give him time to get his head out of his ass. He should have made the play. I wouldn’t mind if we let him take his time coming back after the break dude has been horrible this year.

  3. hova84 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Justin Upton left the game late with a strained calf. ASB cannot get here fast enough for the Braves..

  4. hittfamily - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Terdoslavich. What a name. $20 says his nickname on the bus was turd-o sandwich.

  5. greymares - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    might be good news, any replacement is probably an upgrade.

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