Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/7/12

Justin Upton sat for the second straight game, a 6-1 Arizona victory over Colorado on Wednesday, a day after he was criticized by Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick, who called Upton an "enigma" and said he should be more consistent by this point in his career.

"I agree 100 percent," Upton said of Kendrick's critique. "I want to be consistent. The fact that I am not is frustrating for both of us. To be brutally honest, he's the one who is forking out the money for me to be here, and I'm not performing to that level. He has every reason to be frustrated. Me being the player and competitor that I am, I'm not happy with it either. We are both on the same page."

Upton, who has four hits in his last 28 at-bats, said he exchanged e-mails with Kendrick on Wednesday. Upton, who finished fourth in the NL MVP voting with 31 home runs and 88 RBI in 2011, is hitting .243 with five homers and 20 RBI in 51 games this year.

"Everybody got what they had to say out in the open," Upton said. "The ultimate goal is to release the frustration and get back to baseball. The good thing was, he was honest. He didn't sugarcoat it. I think everybody is done sugarcoating things around here. We really just want to get back to winning. That's the biggest thing. I'm here for one reason. He's here for one reason. I respect that. He said what he meant. He said what he felt from his heart. He's always backed his team. We have to move past that."

At the same time, Upton said he was disappointed to miss another start, his third in five games. By contrast, he missed only three games in 2011.

"I'm still not happy about it," Upton said. "With the day off today and the day off (for the team) tomorrow, I don't expect any more the rest of the season. I expect to come out and be in the lineup every day and give my teammates everything I've got. If he (manager Kirk Gibson) is challenging me, I haven't backed down from a challenge yet. I'm not going to."

Gibson said, "I don't think anybody could challenge that I'm not trying to help the team. It's not about Justin. It's about the team. That's very important. Our goal hasn't changed. It's been a frustrating season. It's somewhat overblown, but we realize that we have to get back on track and remain together."

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