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2 Melvin Upton CF
Height/Weight: 6-3/185 | Birthdate: 8/21/1984 | Birthplace: Norfolk, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $13,050,000 | Owned/Started%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Padres' Melvin Upton needs at least 40 at-bats before DL activation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) With Yonder Alonso and Wil Myers sidelined with injuries, this could Padres outfielder Melvin Upton's best opportunity to show he can still contribute, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Upton, who has been sidelined all season with a left toe injury, began a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Monday. He is hitting .333 (3 for 9) with a double and an RBI in two games. He will need another 40 at-bats before he is activated from the disabled list.

"His pride is kicking in," a friend of Upton said. "He doesn't want to be remembered as the worst contract in baseball history."


Padres' Melvin Upton collects two hits in Triple-A game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Padres outfielder Melvin Upton went 2 for 5 with one RBI and a stolen base during a rehab assignment Monday for the team's Triple-A affiliate.

Upton also struck out twice and played center field during the game. Upton is on the 15-day disabled list with a toe injury.


Padres Melvin Upton to begin rehab stint on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Padres outfielder Melvin Upton is expected to begin his rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A El Paso, according to MLB.com.

Upton, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a toe injury, has ramped up his activities of late and participated in an extended spring training game last week. He posted a .208 record with 35 RBI in 2014.


Rehab assignment nears for Padres OF Melvin Upton


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Padres outfielder Melvin Upton is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment over the weekend. Upton will report to Triple-A El Paso, according to U-T San Diego.

Upton, acquired from the Braves during the offseason, has been out all season with a toe injury. He is expected to join the Padres club in early June.


Padres OF Melvin Upton participates in extended spring training


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Padres outfielder Melvin Upton played in his first live action of the season when he went 1 for 3 during an extended spring training game Monday, reports ReynoldsSports.com

Upton has been sidelined with a toe injury. He is scheduled to begin rehab games in about a week.


Padres' Melvin Upton to get extended spring at-bats Monday, Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Padres outfielder Melvin Upton (toe) will serve as the designated hitter Monday in an extended spring training game and then move to play the field on Tuesday, reports U-T San Diego

The plan is for Upton to then get 40-50 minor league at-bats before being activated in early June. 

Upton is currently on the 15-day DL with a toe injury.


Padres outfielder Melvin Upton nearing action in extended spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Padres outfielder Melvin Upton is making progress to get back on the field and is nearly ready for action in extended spring training, according to U-T San Diego.

Upton, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a toe injury, is expected to take 40-50 minor league at-bats before he will be activated in early June. Upton is yet to play for San Diego after posting a .208 average with 12 home runs in 2014.


Padres getting positive feedback on OF Melvin Upton's recovery


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Padres outfielder Melvin Upton has been making good progress in his recovery from a left foot injury. He has been in the team's training facility in Peoria, Ariz. since April 10 rehabbing and has yet to appear in a game this season. But the team is receiving positive feedback so far.

"The reports we've been getting back are that he's able to run the bases and he's been able to swing the bat a little bit and get on the field," general manager A.J. Preller said Tuesday, according to MLB.com. "We will continue that here for the next week and re-evaluate it. That's kind of the next step."

The team did not provide a more specific timetable for return, though a minor-league rehab assignment could be on the horizon.

"I think that it's more about getting him healthy, getting him on the field and see where he's at," Preller said. "We will get a chance to see him in a rehab assignment and we'll be able to make a decision."


Padres OF Melvin Upton (foot) to begin running next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Padres outfielder Melvin Upton will head to Arizona on Friday to continue his rehab for a left foot injury, according to MLB.com. He plans to start running next week before progressing to baseball activities.

Padres' Melvin Upton gets examined by doctors in San Diego


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) New Padres outfielder Melvin Upton was checked out by doctors in San Diego to exmaine his foot injury, reports MLB.com.

Upton is starting the year on the disabled list with sesamoiditis in his left foot and won't make it up to the big leagues until May at the earliest. General manger A.J. Preller wants to see how Upton is feeling and his progress back from the injury.

"We'll have a chance to sit down with Upton … to get a sense of where he is health-wise. He's probably not going to be in a big league game for at least three or four weeks, at least, and maybe the beginning part of May," Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. "It's really for us to get around him a little bit … to see where the fit is on our club."


Padres acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton from Braves


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Padres and Braves have an agreement in place for a trade that would send closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton to San Diego for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck and the No. 41 overall pick in next year's draft, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The teams later confirmed the report.

Kimbrel led the league in saves in 2014 with 47 and a 1.61 ERA in 61 2/3 innings pitched. Upton will join his brother, Justin, in San Diego. He hit .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 519 at-bats in 2014.

The Braves are also expected to designate Quentin for assignment after the trade, according to Heyman. Quentin hit .177 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 130 at-bats in 2014.


Braves officially place Melvin Upton Jr., Mike Minor on 15-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Braves outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. (left foot) and pitcher Mike Minor (left rotator cuff) on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, according to the team's official website. Both transactions were retroactive to March 27.

Braves' Melvin Upton expecting to shed protective boot on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Braves outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. is expecting to receive medical clearance on Friday to shed the protective boot on his injured left foot, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Upton has been sidelined all spring with the injury. He had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot last week, and is expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

"I've thrown a couple of times, lifting weights. Just waiting to get it off," he said. "It'll probably take a week to actually start really working on it again -- get in the shoe, start walking on it again. There's no timetable, but it'll probably be (when he's ready)."


Report: Eric Young has the edge over Melvin Upton for CF spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Braves outfielder Eric Young Jr., a non-roster invitee, appears to have the advantage for the center field gig, after Melvin Upton Jr. went down with a foot injury, reports Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Young is hitting .321/.397/.464 with one home run, eight RBI and five stole bases in 56 at-bats this spring. Upton had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot last week, and is expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.


Braves' Upton Jr. has hard cast removed, now in walking boot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) 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
(2/27/2015) 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
(2/27/2015) 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
(2/23/2015) 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
(1/24/2015) 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."


Following Gattis trade, outfielder Norichika Aoki on Braves' radar


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) With the trade of Evan Gattis, outfielder Norichika Aoki is on the Braves' radar, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Orioles, Blue Jays and Giants are also among other teams interested in Aoki.

The Braves have a need for another outfielder with the trade of Gattis, per Heyman. The team likes Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, who they signed this offseason. Heyman also suggests veteran outfielder B.J. Upton might get a fair amount of playing time in the outfield in a chance to showcase the veteran outfielder for a trade.


Report: Braves/Astros discussed deal for Evan Gattis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Braves and Astros discussed a possible trade for catcher Evan Gattis, according to FoxSports.com.

The deal comes with a twist, as Atlanta reportedly told Houston that they would have to take B.J. Upton as well. Upton still has $46.35 million on his contract, and the Astros were hesitant to take on that much money. The Braves were said to be targeting center fielder Dexter Fowler. Catcher Carlos Corporan's name also came up in conversations. 


Gonzalez: B.J. Upton open to 'complete reconstruction of swing'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Although Braves outfielder B.J. Upton has been mentioned in trade rumors, the team is preparing for the scenario Upton remains on the roster in 2015. Manager Fredi Gonzalez seems optimistic the team can get Upton on the right track after his first two seasons in Atlanta have been disappointing.

"We need to get better with B.J. in center field," Gonzalez told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. "(Hitting coach) Kevin Seitzer is optimistic and B.J. is open to anything, including complete reconstruction of swing."

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. He hit .255 with a .336 on-base percentage, .422 slugging percentage and .758 OPS in his first eight seasons with the Rays.


Report: Braves trying to trade struggling OF B.J. Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Braves are trying to trade struggling outfielder B.J. Upton and won't give up trying to trade him anytime soon, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta would like to get out from at least part of the approximate $46 million they owe him over the next three seasons by including him in a deal for a player that other teams want.

Upton has struggled in his two seasons since signing a five-year, $75.25 million contract with Atlanta. He has hit .198 with a .314 slugging percentage and .593 OPS in 267 games since 2013.

"It’s been a complete collapse offensively," said John Hart, the Braves' new president of baseball operations.

However, if the Braves can't trade Upton, then they are hoping new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer will be able to get Upton's career back on track.

"You look at it on the positive side -- B.J.’s still 30 years old. He’s in incredible shape," Hart said. "I’ve visited with him; we’ve had meetings. He is absolutely game-on with making some adjustments. I think that’s a big part of it, too. This is a player that, although he’s got his contract, he’s not happy. He’s not happy with what has happened, and I think that’s a big part if you’re going to make a change and make an adjustment."


Braves coach to work with Upton, Heyward, Simmons in offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) New Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has been asked to work with outfielder B.J. Upton, shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Jason Heyward in the offseason, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

All three players struggled offensively in 2014. Heyward did hit .271, but he slugged just .384 and had 11 home runs. Simmons hit .244 with seven home runs and 46 RBI, while Upton hit .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI.


B.J. Upton swats 11th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-2 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Upton's fifth-inning blast broke a scoreless tie, and he's now homered twice in 16 at-bats this month. Upton has hit .207/.284/.333 with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 484 at-bats.