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Justin Upton | Outfielder | #8

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (1) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Justin Upton (quad) is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.
Upton hasn't played since Sunday due to tightness in his right quad. He's in left field and batting sixth versus Sean Manaea and the Athletics. May 27 - 5:24 PM

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Justin Upton (quad) probably won't play Wednesday either.

Upton was a late scratch Monday and is being held out again Tuesday due to tightness in his right quad. Ausmus said the team is just trying to be cautious. Upton, signed to a six-year, $132.75 million free agent contract this winter, is batting just .223/.270/.319 with 66 strikeouts over his first 178 plate appearances for Detroit.
May 24 - 4:31 PM

Justin Upton (quad) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Tuesday against the Phillies.

The struggling Upton was a late scratch Monday due to right quad tightness and he's apparently not quite right yet. Mike Aviles will make the start in left field.
May 24 - 3:33 PM

Justin Upton was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Phillies due to right quad tightness.

Steven Moya will start in his place in left field and bat sixth against righty Vince Velasquez. Upton is already off to a miserable start at the plate (.223 with a .589 OPS and 66 strikeouts in 44 games), so an injury isn't going to help matters.
May 23 - 5:45 PM

Justin Upton is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

Steven Moya will get a start in left field against the Rays' Chris Archer. Upton is batting .318/.400/.409 over his last six games but was hitless Saturday. Jose Iglesias is also getting a breather, as Andrew Romine is handling shortstop.
May 22 - 9:49 AM

Justin Upton went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s loss to the Orioles.

The struggles continue for Upton. After showing some signs of life from late April through the early part of May, he’s hitting just .068 (2-for-29) with 16 strikeouts over his last eight games. He’s batting .214/.250/.314 overall and leads the majors with 57 strikeouts. This is getting alarming.
May 13 - 9:59 PM

Justin Upton is starting in center field on Thursday night against the Orioles.

Surprisingly enough, this will be Upton's very first appearance in center field in his 10-year major league career. The move opens left field for recent callup Steven Moya, who was mashing at Triple-A Toledo. J.D. Martinez is in right field and Anthony Gose is on the bench versus O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez.
May 12 - 3:27 PM

Justin Upton blasted a three-run home run in the first inning on Saturday, powering the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.

Upton tagged Twins hurler Tyler Duffey with the massive blast in the first inning, putting the Twins in an early hole they'd be unable to dig out of. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting .221/.242/.326 with two long balls and eight RBI on the season.
Apr 30 - 5:07 PM

Justin Upton has been dropped to the fifth spot in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

J.D. Martinez will bat second as Tigers manager Brad Ausmus tries to light a spark. Upton, a $132.75 million offseason signing, has batted just .208/.235/.299 in 19 games for Detroit. He also leads MLB in strikeouts.
Apr 27 - 3:39 PM

Justin Upton delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, accounting for the Tigers lone run in a loss to the Indians.

While the run-scoring double was a welcomed sight, Upton still finished the night 1-for-4 with another pair of strikeouts. He has really struggled at the dish in the early going with his new team, slashing a mere .227/.261/.333 with a league-leading 27 strikeouts in 66 at-bats.
Apr 22 - 10:12 PM

Justin Upton was ejected from Sunday's game against the Astros when he threw his bat after taking a called third strike to end the seventh inning.

The Tigers were trailing by a run at the time and had the tying run on first base in the form of Anthony Gose when Upton took what he perceived to be a questionable strike from Pat Neshek. Tyler Collins replaced him in left field for the Tigers.
Apr 17 - 4:48 PM

Justin Upton finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored in the Tigers' 8-2 rout of the Pirates on Tuesday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Upton hit a solo bomb off Pirates starter Juan Nicasio in the bottom of the first inning, an RBI single off Nicasio in the bottom of the second inning, and then singled against the Pittsburgh bullpen in the fourth and sixth. The well-compensated corner outfielder is batting .333/.357/.556 in six games with Detroit.
Apr 12 - 4:37 PM

Justin Upton came alive with two homers as part of a 4-for-4 day in leading the Tigers to a 6-5 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Upton had been without a homer while hitting .189 in 37 at-bats this spring. The Tigers are planning on batting him second ahead of Miguel Cabrera this year. We're always a little nervous about NL hitters coming to the AL for the first time, but he's in such a great situation that he still has to rate as a top-15 outfielder.
Mar 26 - 4:56 PM

Justin Upton (ankle) singled and drew a walk in four plate appearances Thursday in his return to action.

Upton exited Wednesday's game after rolling his left ankle in a near-collision with Anthony Gose, but obviously he'll be alright. "I talked to him this morning, and he said he was good to go," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It wasn't the spike, it was Gose's foot that landed on top of [Upton's ankle] and caused it to roll."
Mar 10 - 7:34 PM

Justin Upton left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals for precautionary reasons.

Anthony Gose stepped on Upton's left ankle on a near collision in left center field. Upton is likely headed for X-rays. This is the last thing the Tigers needed after losing Cameron Maybin to a broken wrist last week. Tyler Collins would slot in as the everyday left fielder if Upton faces a lengthy absence.
Mar 9 - 2:41 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Steven Moya
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Anibal Sanchez
4Mike Pelfrey
5Shane Greene
6Michael Fulmer
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Drew VerHagen
6Kyle Ryan
7Warwick Saupold