A calf strain kept outfielder Justin Upton out of the Atlanta Braves' lineup for the two games leading up to the All-Star break. He's received treatment over the hiatus, and the calf has responded well, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. So well, in fact, that Upton expects to play tomorrow when the second half of the season resumes against the Chicago White Sox.
Justin Upton's left calf responded well to treatment over the break and he expects to play tomorrow against the White Sox. #Braves
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 18, 2013
Upton exited Friday's contest in the seventh inning after injuring his calf while running out a ground ball. He pulled up halfway down the first-base line, and after the game said the leg locked up on him.
Earlier in that game, the Braves lost Justin's brother B.J. Upton to an injury. His was severe enough to require a stint on the disabled list, but it looks like the younger Upton will avoid an extended absence.
Atlanta spent last weekend without their starting outfield, as Jason Heyward exited Thursday's game due to injury and has been unavailable since. He and Upton both avoided the DL immediately, and it seems like both should be able to rejoin the Braves' lineup shortly after the regular season resumes.
In place of their injured trio, the Braves used a combination of Joey Terdoslavich, Tyler Pastornicky and Reed Johnson to man the outfield. They also recalled outfielder Jose Constanza to add depth to their bench.
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