Found May 28, 2013 on Atlanta Bullpen:
Has B.J. Upton been benched? For the second game in a row and third in the past four, Braves center fielder B.J. Upton didn’t start.  According to a report by AJC beat writer, Dave O’Brien, Upton is sitting out to work on his swing. Saturday night against the Mets, Jason Heyward started in center.  Monday and Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Jordan Schafer started.  Tuesday marks the first time all season that B.J. Upton didn’t start consecutive games. Schafer, who doesn’t hit lefties very well, even started in place of the right-handed hitting Upton against Toronto’s left-handed starter, Mark Buehrle, on Monday night. But what does it mean when it is said that a player is being held out to “work on his swing?”  Aren’t those code words for being benched? Braves batting coach Greg Walker told O’Brien this about B.J. Upton’s swing, “He’s had three (swing problems) all year,” Walker said. “He’s back of center.  Has bad posture, uphill posture.  And he’s late getting his heel d
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