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Braves activate outfielder B.J. Upton from disabled list

Aug 3, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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After missing three weeks with a right adductor strain, Braves outfielder B.J. Upton has been activated from the disabled list.

Upton was cleared to return after going 4-for-12 (.333) with three doubles and two RBI over three rehab games with Triple-A Gwinnett. Per Mark Bowman of, he’ll start in center field and bat seventh later today against the Phillies.

Upton has been a big disappointment since signing a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the Braves over the winter, batting just .177/.266/.300 over 84 games. His .565 OPS is second-lowest among players with at least 300 plate appearances, behind only Jeff Keppinger of the White Sox. The Braves haven’t missed Upton at all lately, as they’ll come into today’s game on an eight-game winning streak. They have scored 56 runs in that span.

To make room for Upton on the active roster, the Braves placed catcher Gerald Laird on the 15-day disabled list. The 33-year-old is still in recovery mode after having a kidney stone removed earlier this week.

  1. georgejarkko - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    “The Braves haven’t missed Upton at all lately”
    Neither have we.
    – Tampa Bay

  2. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Best wishes to Gerald hope he gets better former tigers all deserve respect unless their name is Brandon Inge

  3. Walk - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Oh well 8 games is a decant winning streak.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      You might want to let that comment age a little bit more.

      • Walk - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        I am good with it. Obviously I was wrong as the braves just won and I am happy for them. That still does not change the fact that the braves just got worse by adding bj to the roster. How poorly would a team have to play for a hitter hitting 170ish to be any type of upgrade?

  4. nsauser - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Nooooooooooo, can’t they keep BJ in the minors? Justin is just starting to heat up! Nooooooooo.

    • yahmule - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Are you suggesting some kind of symbiotic suckiness is at work here?

      • nsauser - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Yea, the Upton Bros suffer from the Bad Attitude Syndrome. It’s highly infectious within the Upton family. Symptoms include: sulking, striking out, not running hard to first base, and poor body language.

  5. spacemaker101 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Bj is ab to come back strong af and shutup all the haters

    • pisano - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Don’t count on it, he basically never lived up to what scouts thought he’d be. The Rays let him go because they thought his bat would come around, it never did, so why give him a big contract. He’s good on defense, and runs well, and has some power, but he’ll never hit for much of an average, he strikes out too much.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      I’ll take it you are not a fan of an AL East team or ever played Fantasy Baseball. This is BJ. A boom or bust player not worth more than 10 million over 5 let alone 75.

  6. spacemaker101 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Hold up.. nsauser out of all the things to criticize the upton brothers on you choose bad body language hahahah get outta here with that bs.. Upton bros both have tremendous skill.. Hahaha body language.. R. U SERIOUS

  7. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Couldn’t the Braves find a replacement level A baller hitting better than .150? How many times have we seen “get a contract, get lazy, and suck bad”? This is another one. Owners never learn. There is always one dumb one. All contracts should be incentive laden for ABs, innings pitched, etc. Non performing egos sit and go to work at Burgerama.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      The difference is he never this contract. He is as inconsistent as the day is long.

  8. duketurner48 - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    And Blow Job strikes out with two men on in the top of the 10th. Yep. Picking up right where he left off.

    • Walk - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Before that k he was batting .026 with 2 out and runners in scoring position.

  9. scdocal - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Colorado they did its called Jordan Schafer and he was .300 until he got injured. U don’t sit a guy who is making 15 mill in his first year with your team. Don’t want to give up on him in year one of a five year deal. I don’t like him as much as the next guy because he complains too much about balls and strikes but I am not willing to give up on him ei

  10. louhudson23 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    He simply isn’t a good baseball player. And he appears to not give two shits about that fact or about contributing in whatever possible way he can….which only compounds the problem…..

  11. scdocal - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    You can’t bench a first year guy making 15 a year. Yes he is struggling this year but he has tons of talent so you run him out there. Braves are 12 up they can handle having bj in the lineup

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