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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
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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

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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 MLB.com'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

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves "have been pitching B.J. Upton to other clubs."

It would have to be a swap of bad contracts, as Upton has hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons with the Braves and is still owed $46.35 million over the next three years. Perhaps he might revive his career with a change of scenery.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 06:49:00 PM

B.J. Upton is not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

The elder Upton brother continues to find himself out of the lineup more often than he has been in it in recent weeks. Emilio Bonifacio is once again drawing the start in center field and will hit eighth against rookie hurler Lisalverto Bonilla.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 11:18:00 AM

B.J. Upton was benched for the third straight game Tuesday in favor of Emilio Bonifacio.

It's the first time this season Upton hasn't been in the lineup for three games in a row. Upton has managed just five hits in his last 31 at-bats to push his batting line for the year down to .206/.284/.327. The Braves are expected to try to trade Upton this winter in what will likely be a deal involving the exchange of bad contracts.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 09:02:00 AM

B.J. Upton launched a two-run homer and drew two walks in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

His two-run shot was his 10th longball of the season. Upton has had an awful batting line (.207/.285/.330) again this season, but he's at least provided some pop and speed with the 10 dingers and 19 stolen bases.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 03:43:00 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves will try to trade B.J. Upton this winter.

The Braves reportedly discussed a swap of bad contracts with the Cubs involving Edwin Jackson and O'Brien writes that talks could be revisited during the offseason. Moving Upton won't be easy, as he still has $47 million remaining on his contract, but O'Brien writes that they could include Mike Minor or cover some of the remaining salary in order to get something done. For what it's worth, O'Brien calls it a "fait accompli" that Upton will be moved by spring training next season.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Wil Nieves
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
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Chris Rearick
8Kevin Quackenbush