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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 cracked a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday afternoon's 8-7 win over the Mets.
This will go down as one of the stranger games of the season. The Mets held a 7-1 lead after six innings. This advantage was dropped to two runs after Derek Norris hit a grand slam in the seventh inning. And then the ninth inning happened. Mets closer Jeurys Familia recorded the first two outs of the inning easily enough, at which point, a string of storms hit and delayed the game for 44 minutes. You can probably guess what happened next. Familia returned to the game after the long delay, allowed two singles, then served up a three-run homer to Upton to give the Padres an 8-7 lead. This would hold as the final score, though not before another delay of over an hour. The baseball deities must have really wanted to enjoy this epic collapse. Upton's name has been swirling in trade rumors for weeks, but he's still with the Padres and it's not a given that he'll be moved. He's struggled over the last two months, but has now homered twice and driven in six in his last two games. Jul 30 - 6:45 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are interested in Padres outfielder Justin Upton and Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Such a scenario would have been unthinkable just a couple of weeks ago, but the White Sox have played much better of late and currently sit just 2 1/2 games back for a Wild Card spot. Both Upton and Cespedes would merely be rentals, but either could make a huge difference in the lineup for the suddenly-surging South Siders.
Jul 30 - 5:11 PM

Justin Upton went 2-for-4 and hit his 17th homer Wednesday versus the Mets.

He also had a sac fly and finished the night with three RBI. He's still batting just .186 in 156 at-bats since the beginning of June, but better days are surely ahead.
Jul 29 - 11:35 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Orioles and Padres have discussed a trade that would send Justin Upton to Baltimore.

The O's have been one of the clubs connected to Upton previously. However, Stark also notes that the deal could be expanded to include Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross. It's unclear at this point how close something might be to getting done. The Orioles have been mentioned as a possible seller, but they sit just 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot and this rumor would seem to indicate that they have no plans to give up on a playoff run.
Jul 27 - 4:19 PM

Justin Upton clobbered his 16th home run of the season on Sunday, powering the Padres to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Marlins.

Upton got the scoring started with his solo blast off Marlins starter Mat Latos in the second inning. He also singled and walked in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3, raising his season slash to .251/.330/.429 to go along with 16 homers and 50 RBI.
Jul 26 - 7:02 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets and Padres have reached an impasse in trade talks for Justin Upton.

The Padres are reportedly demanding at least one high-end prospect, possibly two, but the Mets have balked at the high asking price. While the two sides could certainly resume talks, it seems more likely that the Mets will target a lower-level outfielder such as Gerardo Parra from the Brewers, rather than mortgage any part of their future.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 2:19 PM

Justin Upton (oblique) has returned to the Padres starting lineup on Friday.

Upton missed the previous four games due to an oblique issue. The 27-year-old, who is a hot commodity on the trade market, is slashing .251/.330/.425 with 15 homers, 49 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 90 games on the year.
Jul 24 - 5:59 PM

Justin Upton (oblique) is expected back in the Padres' lineup on Friday.

Upton missed a fourth straight start on Thursday, but he took batting practice before the game and then pinch-hit in it. The outfielder has been battling tightness in his left oblique.
Jul 24 - 8:22 AM

Justin Upton (oblique) said that he felt better on Thursday, but remained out of the lineup for a fourth straight game.

Upton was scheduled to take batting practice on Thursday, and there have been no indications that anything went wrong with that session. He should still be considered day-to-day with a return over the weekend looking more and more likely.
Jul 23 - 8:39 PM

Justin Upton (oblique) remained out of the Padres' lineup Wednesday.

It's the third straight game he's missed after he tweaked his left oblique on Sunday. The Padres remain hopeful that Upton will avoid a trip to the disabled list, especially since they're likely to trade him soon. Abraham Almonte is in left field Wednesday.
Jul 22 - 1:27 PM

Justin Upton is out of the Padres' lineup again on Tuesday due to tightness in his left oblique.

Upton had to pulled from Sunday's eventual rainout against the Rockies because of oblique discomfort and he hasn't played since. The injury comes with bad timing for the Padres, who figure to be shopping the 27-year-old Upton ahead of the July 31 deadline. Will Venable is starting in left field on Tuesday night against the Giants.
Jul 21 - 5:47 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets aren't in on Padres outfielder Justin Upton.

The Mets have a clear need in their outfield and in the middle of their lineup, but the cost in prospects and salary (Upton is making $14.5 million this season) probably makes it unrealistic. However, they are considering a number of options in the wake of Michael Cuddyer's knee injury, including lesser trade targets and a potential promotion of top prospect Michael Conforto.
Jul 21 - 3:41 PM

Justin Upton (oblique) is not in the Padres' lineup Monday.

Upton had to be lifted from Sunday's game with tightness in his left oblique. It's an ailment that often leads to a disabled list stint, but the Padres seem convinced that this flare-up is minor. Will Venable is in left field Monday, with Melvin Upton in center.
Jul 20 - 6:30 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Pirates are interested in Padres outfielder Justin Upton.

Upton has also been connected to the Orioles and the Mets in recent weeks, and there are several other contending teams that will at least look into acquiring him as the July 31 deadline approaches. The 27-year-old outfielder is currently dealing with a sore left oblique, but it's not something that should pull him off the trade block. He has 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and 47 runs scored in 89 games this season for San Diego. Upton can become a free agent in the fall.
Jul 20 - 10:00 AM

Justin Upton was removed from Sunday's contest against the Rockies due to a sore left oblique.

It had previously been reported that the issue was tightness in his back, but Upton clarified after the game had been postponed that it was the oblique issue flaring up on him. He should be ready to return to the lineup in a day or two.
Jul 19 - 8:42 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Yangervis Solarte
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
6Marcos Mateo
7Kevin Quackenbush