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Justin Upton | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Justin Upton is absent from the Padres' lineup Sunday.
It appears to simply be a day of rest. Will Venable is in left field with Upton out. Jul 5 - 11:11 AM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets "might at least look at Justin Upton if he becomes available."

The club would prefer a left-handed hitter as they look to upgrade their offense, but it appears they'd overlook Upton's right-handedness since he'd be a potential game-changer. It's not a given that the Padres will be sellers, though, as they're still within reach of a Wild Card spot at six games out. Upton, of course, will be a free agent after the season.
Jul 3 - 1:12 PM

Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Upton has been slumping for most of the last month, and he had homered just once since May 24. Facing his old team usually helps him pull out of it, though. He's hit .341 with seven homered and 19 RBI in 24 career games versus the Diamondbacks.
Jun 28 - 1:25 AM

Justin Upton homered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to propel the Padres to a 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.

It was Upton's first homer since his grand slam against the Dodgers on May 24. He has 13 homers on the season, five of which have come against the Dodgers. Oddly enough, he's hitting .345 with 10 homers at Petco, compared to .232 with three homers on the road.
Jun 14 - 1:11 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk, steal and two runs on Wednesday against the Mets.

We expected Upton to be a fantasy stud with his new team, and he hasn't disappointed, batting .300 with 12 homers (seventh in the NL), 37 RBI (seventh) and 35 runs (fifth). What is surprising is the 11 steals (sixth), which puts him on pace for 32. Upton's career high was 21 steals for Arizona in 2011. He should be close to that number at the All-Star break.
Jun 4 - 12:02 AM

Justin Upton had a monster game against the Dodgers on Sunday, hitting a first-inning grand slam, doubling and driving in six.

Upton had six RBI by the end of the second inning, clubbing a grand slam off Carlos Frias in the first inning, then smacking a two-run double in the second. These would be his only hits of the game, as he finished 2-for-4. Good on the Dodgers for closing that barn door after the horse was halfway to Mexico. The early MVP race in the National League is something to behold at the moment and Upton's certainly in the running with 12 homers, 35 RBI, 32 runs scored, nine steals and a .284/.343/.562 slash.
May 24 - 7:15 PM

Justin Upton went 1-for-4 and smacked a two-run home run in a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

His fourth inning blast off Tsuyoshi Wada provided the only runs the Padres got in the 3-2 loss. Upton didn't do much either, striking out in two of his remaining three at-bats. The 27-year-old has three homers in his past two games and looks as good as he has since that 31-homer campaign with Arizona in 2011.
May 21 - 1:30 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-6 and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 12th inning against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Upton teed off on Randall Delgado to lead off the 12th inning, with his solo home run putting the Padres up 5-4. The team would add another run in the frame and go on to win 6-4. The outfielder saved Craig Kimbrel's bacon here, as Kimbrel had blown a 4-2 lead to push the game into extras. Upton now has eight home runs, 23 RBI and 23 runs scored. He hasn't seen any significant drop of power in the move to Petco and is hitting .287/.352/.565.
May 10 - 12:36 AM

Justin Upton swatted his seventh home run of the season and drove home three, powering the Padres to an 8-6 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

Upton's two-run blast off Kyle Kendrick got the Padres on the board in the first inning and they'd pile on from there. He would later add a run-scoring double in the fifth inning, finishing the day 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He's off to a terrific start to his Padres career, slashing .301/.340/.602 with seven long balls and 21 RBI.
May 3 - 7:44 PM

Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with two RBI, two steals and three runs scored Friday against the Rockies.

It was his fourth career two-steal game and first in two years. Upton had been in a 1-for-15 slump, dropping his average from .303 to .259. It's back up to .282 now.
May 2 - 2:37 AM

Justin Upton slugged his sixth home run of the season as the Padres lost by a substantial margin to the Astros on Tuesday.

Upton took Roberto Hernandez yard in the sixth inning, bringing the Padres to within 6-3 at the time. The 27-year-old hasn't skipped a beat with his new team, batting .273/.313/.571 with six home runs and 14 RBI to begin the season.
Apr 29 - 1:43 AM

Justin Upton homered twice and knocked in five runs in a losing cause Saturday against the Dodgers.

Upton probably won't quite match last April, when he hit .326 with eight homers, but he's off to another nice start. It was his eighth career two-homer game and first since last April 10.
Apr 26 - 12:32 AM

Justin Upton (quadriceps) is expected to return to the Padres lineup on Friday.

Upton got a day of rest on Thursday as he's nursing a sore left quadriceps, though he was able to appear as a pinch-hitter. The 27-year-old is slashing .288/.328/.525 with three homers and eight RBI through his first 16 games with the Padres.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 8:43 PM

Justin Upton left Monday's game versus the Rockies in the fourth inning.

It's certainly possible that the Padres were just being careful here since they had a big lead, as Upton was returning to the lineup after missing a game with a sore quad. The club should give an update on his status after the game.
Apr 20 - 10:47 PM

Justin Upton (quad) is back in the Padres' lineup Monday.

Upton missed Sunday's game with a minor quad ailment, but he tested things out prior to Monday's contest and was cleared to return. The outfielder sports a .326/.373/.630 batting line with three home runs in the early going this season.
Apr 20 - 5:43 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Frank Garces