Found August 22, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
PLAYERS: Justin Upton
TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
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Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive game last night as he continues to be hampered by an upper-back strain. He was available to pinch-hit last night, and manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters -- including Chris Iseman of MLB.com -- that he's hoping Upton recovers to the point where he's able to rejoin the lineup in the next day or so. "Hopefully tomorrow he'll keep making good progress that direction and maybe get to play," Gonzalez said. Upton began experiencing discomfort in his back prior to Tuesday night's game. He was taking swings in the batting cage at Citi Field when he felt a muscle grab on him, according to Iseman. After he tightened up, he received treatment immediately. The condition didn't improve, and he was scratched from Atlanta's lineup. The Braves were hoping a night's rest would allow Upton to return available on Wednesday, but he was still deemed ailing enough to warrant another night off. While his teammates took the field, Upton received treatment on his left upper back. It's awful timing for Upton, who's been on a power tear in August, hitting seven home runs so far this month. He's experienced success in his first season in Atlanta after a relatively disappointing campaign with the Diamondbacks in 2012. Over 509 plate appearances, the 25-year-old has hit .269/.362/.486 with 22 doubles and 23 home runs. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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