PHOENIX Almost exactly a year ago, Kirk Gibson and Don Baylor met with Justin Upton to reinforce a simple message: he did not need to carry the weight of the team on his shoulders. Upton took it to heart and ran with it to a career year and fourth-place finish in the NL MVP balloting.
The D-backs see Upton pressing to produce again this season, so Gibson held him out of the starting lineup Tuesday, for the second time in four days. Gibson said on his radio show Tuesday that he may keep Upton out for several more days. Upton has four hits and one RBI in his last 28-at bats and is hitting .243 with five home runs this season.
"We're trying to get him going. Try a lot of things. We need him to relax, and we need him to get on a roll," Gibson said.
"I think he is over-thinking. I think he is over-trying, and things aren't coming natural to him. He's tried a lot. He's a little bit lost in who he really is, and he's very frustrated as you can see. You hate to put so much importance on...