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Thursday, August 14, 2014

UPDATED: Braves Injury Update: Justin Upton exits with strained hamstring

By on 8/14/2014 04:15:00 PM

Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton exited Thursday's game against the LA Dodgers in the eighth inning with an apparent leg injury after hitting an RBI double. B.J. Upton came in to pinch run for him at third base. Video here and below. The team announced after the game that Justin has a mild hamstring strain.

Justin Upton's batting line is  .281/.358/.505 with 21 homers and 72 RBI. B.J. Upton remained in the game to play centerfield, with Emilio Bonifacio moving to left. The difference between the brothers was clear when B.J. came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two runners at 2nd and 3rd and the score 6-4. B.J., who is hitting .210, struck out for his league-leading 150th time. Atlanta has now lost 12 of their last 15 games, and dropped to three games behind Pittsburgh and St. Louis for the NL Wild Card.

Twice an All-Star with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2009, 2011), Justin Upton is a career .276/.357/.478 hitter. He was the first overall draft pick in 2005, making his debut for Arizona on August 2, 2007 a month before his 20th birthday. Although the DBacks signed Upton to an extension in March 2010, they became disenchanged with him for reasons not entirely clear, eventually trading him in January 2013 with Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for Nick Ahmed (minors), Brandon Drury (minors), Randall DelgadoMartin Prado and Zeke Spruill.

Upton, 26,  is on a six-year $50 million contract through 2015. In the same off-season, the Braves signed his brother, center fielder B.J. Upton, to a five-year $75.25 million contract through 2017.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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