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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||430.00||13.00||.216||33.00||56.00||14.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|Toe - Expected to be placed on 15-day DL. Out until at least early May|
|vs Philadelphia||58||13||2|| .338|| .397|| .224|
|vs Hamels (Career)||17||0||0||0||.056||0|
|vs LHP||110||22||0|| .338|| .227|| .200|
|12/21/2014||Drew Stubbs, CF COL|
Tyler Flowers, C CHW
Joe Mauer, 1B MIN
David Ortiz, DH BOS
|Melvin Upton, CF ATL|
Nick Swisher, 1B CLE
Alen Hanson, SS PIT
Nick Williams, LF TEX
|12/19/2014||Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL||Melvin Upton, CF ATL|
Robert Stephenson, SP CIN
Kolten Wong, 2B STL
|12/17/2014||Jason Hammel, SP CHC||Melvin Upton, CF ATL|
|Last 10 Games|
Braves' Upton Jr. has hard cast removed, now in walking boot
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/18/15) Braves outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot, according to 680 The Fan. He is now in a walking boot and scheduled to meet with the doctor Thursday.
Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. out at least two months with foot injury
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/27/15) The Braves announced Friday outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. could miss at least two months after tests revealed inflammation in his left foot. Upton will be in a short leg cast fot two weeks, then a walking boot for 4-6 weeks.
Upton missed Friday's workout after he was seen limping following batting practice Thursday, per MLB.com. He went through a round of treatment Friday before being sent for an MRI.
The Braves initially declined to speculate on the severity of the injury until Upton went for further testing.
"[The discomfort] is more in the toe area, but we're calling it a foot [injury]," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday morning.
Upton was listed as the starting center fielder on the depth chart on the team's official website. The backups were listed as Todd Cunningham and Eury Perez.
Upton is entering the third year of a five-year, $72.25 million contract. However, his first two years with the Braves have been largely disappointing. He has a .198/.279/.314/.593 slash line in two seasons in Atlanta.
Braves OF Melvin Upton unable to finish workout due to toe injury
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(2/27/15) Braves outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. was unable to complete Friday's workout with the club because of discomfort near the big toe on his right foot, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. He will be evaluated at some point Friday afternoon to determine the severity of the injury.
Upton is seeking a bounce-back campaign after seeing his power numbers drop recently. Since joining Atlanta in 2013 on a five-year contract, Upton is batting .198 with a .279 on-base percentage, .314 slugging percentage and .593 OPS in 267 games.
Braves counting on bounce back year from Melvin Upton
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2/23/15) The Braves want to get back to what made them successful two years ago. It starts with getting one of their stars, Melvin Upton, back in the swing of things.
For the last two seasons, Upton has struggled at the plate, hitting .184 and .208 in consecutive years. His power numbers also dropped dramatically, hitting a total of 21 home runs with 61 RBI, numbers he surpassed in just one year with Tampa Bay.
"I'm in a good spot mentally," Upton said. "I know what I need to do. … I'm not the first guy that has struggled and I'm not going to be the last. It's gone down that way the past two years. I can't say I'm good with it. But have I got over it? Yeah."
President of baseball operations John Hart is giving Upton a clean slate heading into the new season.
"I'm very optimistic going in. It's a clean slate for Melvin. He knows kind of what is at stake for him here. When it's all said and done, he's going to have our support and we're going to do all that we can to help him become the very best player that he can become this year."
Braves encouraged B.J. Upton can bounce back in 2015
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(1/24/15) Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer recently worked with outfielder B.J. Upton and said he's encouraged on the progress Upton has made on his swing, reports MLB.com.
"I feel really, really good about it, because [Upton] was very open to everything that I suggested," Seitzer said. "We had a really good three days together -- three pretty intense days together. I think he feels pretty good about what I'm going to bring, and I feel good about the adjustments he has made."
Upton struggled throughout 2014, hitting .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI. With no teams willing to absorb the more than $46 million left on Upton's contract, the Braves have no choice, but to hope Upton can improve his hitting numbers.
"He did great [this week]," Seitzer said. "He made great adjustments, and I'm very encouraged that he's going to be able to come back and play the way he wants to play."
Seitzer added that he worked on Upton's mechanics and approach at the plate and he wants Upton to shorten his swing.
"Any hitter that has a tendency to be long [with their swing], where their hands get away from the body, is going to have a tough time catching up to fastballs," Seitzer said. "They will also be vulnerable to offspeed pitches and inside pitches."
|2014 summary: Melvin Upton, formerly known as B.J., set out to redeem himself from a disastrous first season in Atlanta, and at least in spring training, he looked like he might succeed. But once the bell rang, it was more of the same. Technically, he improved across the board, and his 12 home runs and 20 steals at least gave him some value in Rotisserie leagues, but he still finished with the lowest batting average and sixth-lowest OPS among full-time players.|
Playing time status: With Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis out of the picture, Melvin Upton's role couldn't be any more secure, even with his struggles. The problem is he's already hurt. He could potentially miss all of April with inflammation in his left foot.
2015 outlook: For all the misery Upton has brought to the Braves, Fantasy owners and the baseball world in general the last two years, there is at least one glimmer of hope once he gets back on the diamond: The Braves hired Kevin Seitzer, one of the rare hitting coaches who has actually made a measurable difference in a player's career. That player was Alex Gordon, and Upton has offered to let Seitzer reconstruct his swing in a similar manner. That's no reason to draft Upton outside of NL-only leagues, but it at least makes him worth monitoring given his raw talent.
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