Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton exited Tuesday night's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies after experiencing dizziness. MLB.com's Joe Morgan reports that Upton left after fouling out in the bottom of the sixth, with the outfielder telling Morgan that manager Fredi Gonzalez made the decision to remove him after he reported feeling unwell:
"I didn't feel so hot out there and [Gonzalez] decided it was just smarter for me to get inside and take care of it," Upton said.Gonzalez added that Upton had been dealing with the problem since the game started but he had deteriorated as the night went on. According to Morgan, the Braves manager did not think that Upton was dehydrated or sick, although Upton himself suggested that dehydration was a possibility. No alternative explanations were offered by the Braves.
Jordan Schafer replaced the 26-year-old in left field and would appear to be the most likely candidate to fill in. Although Schafer is experienced in the outfield, primarily in center, he does not grade well by many defensive metrics and his .516 OPS in 2014 is even worse than his poor career mark of .618. Atlanta will hope that Upton and his .281/.355/.517 line can return to the lineup soon.
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