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MLB Injury News:
Braves big ticket free agent signee B.J. Upton left today's game with a right adductor strain, the Braves announced. While the severity of the injury isn't known, losing Upton could be a blow to the team. While he has been under performing, he still is a valuable piece to the Braves.
B.J Upton left tonight's game with a right adductor muscle strain.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 13, 2013
The Braves don't know the timetable of the injury, so we do not know how long he could potentially be out. If Upton were to miss any time, they would likely put Reed Johnson in to replace him. Upton is the second Braves outfielder to get hurt in the past two games, as Jason Heyward left yesterday's game with an injury.
The Braves are in first place of the NL East by six games, but with the injuries to B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward, they may lose some ground on the Nationals and suddenly charging Philadelphia Phillies. If the Braves were to lose Upton or Heyward for an extended period of time, it would be a huge hit to them. While it may not wreck their playoff chances, it could seriously damage them.
Upton on the year is hitting .177 with eight home runs and 20 RBI's. In the off-season he signed a five year, 75.25 million dollar contract with the Braves, but his stats don't really say he deserves an average of $15 million per year. While B.J. Upton's struggles may annoy Braves fans, give him some patience. He earned that contract for a reason. He may be in a slump or just getting used to a change of scenery. Give him some time.
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