Aug 3, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT
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 MLB.com, 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.
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