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On the same night brother B.J. is injured, Justin Upton leaves with calf strain

Jul 12, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

Justin Upton

The bad news keeps piling up for the Braves. B.J. Upton had to exit tonight’s game against the Reds in the first inning after straining his right abductor muscle on a dive attempt. Justin Upton had to leave with a strained left calf after the end of the bottom of the seventh inning. He had come up limping a bit after grounding out to shortstop to lead off the inning. Reed Johnson, who had moved from right field to center after B.J. left, moved back to right field and Tylor Pastornicky took over in center field for Justin.

Justin Upton entered the night with a .255/.353/.463 slash line, but since a hot April that had him in early MVP discussions, he has hit .237/.333/.353 since May 1.

The Braves also learned that x-rays on outfielder Jordan Schafer‘s right ankle revealed a stress fracture. David O’Brien says Schafer will likely be out six weeks. He is in his second week out of action, though he suffered the injury on June 26.

If you’re counting, that is four injured outfielders, three in the last two nights. While the Phillies had their game postponed and the Nationals lost to the Marlins 8-3, the Braves lost to the Reds tonight 4-2.

  1. 13arod - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    What are the odds of this happening braves need outfield help if they go on the DL

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Funny – I was going to say they need outfield help if those two stay healthy

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      63 trillion to one.

  2. misterj167 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I don’t want to hear one Nats fan complain about their injuries, man

    • moonlandingwasfaked - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      It isn’t complaining, its natitude

  3. scdocal - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Not that it matters but final score was 4-2. Don’t understand why we don’t bring gattis up he is swinging it the minor leagues what’s the difference besides better quality baseball. Just need to win one of these last two games and get healthy during break. Ironic how the guy we don’t really care about is the least injured guy

  4. jjschiller - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Not 4 injured OF’s… 5. Evan Gattis is on the DL, too. He may have logged more time at C so far, but that’s because McCann missed a month. He’d be the first OF off the bench if he weren’t injured.

  5. kvanhorn87 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    No worries, they just had a family BBQ coming up this weekend

  6. 13arod - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    scdocal he was on rehab and they are going to call him up tommorow

  7. pisano - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    On defense they will be hard to replace, but their batting averages sure wont be, B.J.’s hitting .177, and Justin is at .255, B.J. was always a bust on offense, but Justin should be hitting better than .255.

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