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Melvin Upton | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Melvin Upton (foot) went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A El Paso.
Upton has been sidelined since early on in spring training due to sesamoiditis in his left foot, so the Padres want him to get 40-50 at-bats during his minor league rehab assignment. The 30-year-old figures to serve as a backup outfielder once he's ready to join the big club. May 19 - 12:13 PM

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Melvin Upton (foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

He was supposed to begin his rehab this weekend but it got pushed back to Monday. Upton was acquired from Atlanta in early April. When Upton finally returns, he'll provide outfield depth behind starters Wil Myers, Matt Kemp and his younger brother Justin.
May 16 - 9:19 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso this weekend.

Upton has been sidelined since late February due to sesamoiditis in his left foot, but is finally progressing toward a return to game action. The biggest hurdle to his fantasy value though, is that there doesn't appear to be a clear path to regular at-bats for him in the Padres outfield.
May 14 - 7:19 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) went 1-for-3 in an extended spring training game on Monday.

It was his first game action since he was diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot back in late February. Upton is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in about a week and could make his season debut in early June. The problem is that, at least at the moment, he has no clear path to playing time in the Padres' crowded outfield.
May 11 - 8:32 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) could begin playing extended spring training games as early as Tuesday.

He's been rehabbing his injured foot at the team's spring training facility in Arizona. Upton is on schedule to begin a rehab assignment in 7-to-10 days and could make his season debut in early June. Upton's role with the Padres remains unclear. San Diego's outfield is already stacked with talent including Melvin's younger brother Justin.
May 9 - 9:07 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) is expected to begin running next week at the Padres' spring training complex.

Upton has been hanging out with his new Padres teammates since the April 5 trade, but he'll report to Mesa, Arizona on Friday to begin baseball activities. The outfielder should be ready to join San Diego's active roster sometime in early-to-mid May. He's doubtful to carry much fantasy value this year in the crowded and talented Padres outfield.
Apr 9 - 3:22 PM

Padres acquired OF Melvin Upton and RHP Craig Kimbrel from the Braves for OF Cameron Maybin, OF Carlos Quentin, RHP Matt Wisler, OF Jordan Paroubeck and the 41st pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.

The elder Upton is reunited with brother Justin in San Diego. The move appears to be a huge win overall for the Padres, who strengthened an already stellar bullpen and added what will be a serviceable fourth outfielder. Upton will remain sidelined until late April or early May with sesamoiditis in his left foot. His fantasy value takes a huge hit here.
Apr 5 - 6:40 PM

Braves placed OF Melvin Upton on the 15-day disabled list with sesamoiditis in his left foot.

Upton was scheduled to shed his walking boot on Friday and has already been doing some baseball activities. He isn't expected to return to the Braves lineup until sometime in May, and may not arrive back to a starting job if Eric Young Jr. starts the season off well.
Apr 4 - 9:27 AM

Melvin Upton is hoping to shed the protective walking boot from his left foot Friday.

Upton has been in the walking boot for the last five weeks. He has a checkup with a doctor Friday. The center fielder isn't expected to be ready to play in games for the Braves until sometime in May.
Mar 31 - 4:54 PM

Melvin Upton Jr. got the hard cast off his left foot.

Upton was diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his foot late last month and is expected to miss all of spring training. He's scheduled to see a doctor Thursday, but will likely remain in a walking boot for a little while longer. The Braves figure to be without him for all of April. Eric Young, Jr. has emerged as the favorite for the starting center field job.
Mar 18 - 12:59 PM

Melvin Upton has been diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot and is expected to miss all of spring training.

Sesamoiditis is inflammation in the bone behind the ball of his foot. Upton will be in a cast for two weeks and a walking boot for 4-6 weeks after that. He won't be allowed to resume baseball activity until at least early April and is expected to be out until at least May 1. It's a tough break for a guy in desperate need of a bounce-back season after hitting just .198/.279/.314 in his first two seasons with the Braves. Eury Perez, Eric Young and Zoilo Almonte are options to fill in for Upton in center field.

Melvin Upton has been sent for X-rays on his ailing toe.

There's no word yet on the results, but's Mark Bowman reports that "it sounds like Upton will be sidelined for more than just a few days." It's not clear at this point how Upton was injured. An update on the outfielder's status could be available later Friday.
Feb 27 - 1:42 PM

Melvin Upton is dealing with a minor toe injury.

It doesn't sound like anything to get worked up about. Upton is going by a new name this season and is shooting for a bounce-back year after batting just .198/.279/.314 in his first two seasons with the Braves.
Feb 27 - 12:02 PM

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Sunday that B.J. Upton will go by his given name Melvin in 2015.

Upton's given name is Melvin Emanuel Upton and he's apparently decided to go by that this season. Regardless of what he wants to be called, Upton will be trying to bounce back from a disappointing first two seasons in Atlanta when he's batted just .198/.279/.314.
Feb 22 - 1:07 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it's "unlikely" that B.J. Upton will be traded this offseason, as teams do not want to pay the remainder of his contract.

It's understandable, as Upton is owed $46.35 million over the next three years. This, coupled with the fact that he hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons, makes Upton an incredibly difficult candidate to move. Compounding matters is the fact that according to O'Brien, the Braves don't want to "give away [catcher Evan] Gattis to get rid of [Upton]."
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 03:50:00 PM

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