Posted: Wednesday, July 31st 2013 at 11:05am
B.J. Upton to join Gwinnett for rehab assignment
LAWRENCEVILLE -– The Gwinnett Braves, in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, have announced the addition of outfielder B.J. Upton to the Gwinnett roster on a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment. Upton, on Atlanta’s disabled list since July 13 with a right thigh strain, will begin the assignment on Wednesday night at Coolray Field as the G-Braves open a three-game series against the Charlotte Knights.
Upton, 28, hit .177 (49-for-277) with 10 doubles eight home runs, 23 runs scored, 20 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 84 games with the Braves prior to suffering the injury on July 12 against Cincinnati. The right-handed-hitting outfielder is in the first year of a five-year contract with Atlanta, signed on November 29, 2012.
Originally drafted second overall in the first round of the 2002 June draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, Upton is batting .249 (959-for-3,845) with 126 home runs, 467 RBIs and 239 stolen bases in 492 career Major League games over parts of nine seasons. His rehab stint in Gwinnett – his first with Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate – will mark his first minor league games since a seven-game injury rehab assignment last season between Advanced-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery.
Upton will be the ninth Atlanta Braves’ player to spend a rehab stint with Gwinnett this season, joining infielder Paul Janish (left shoulder surgery, April 15-24, May 5-10), first baseman Freddie Freeman (strained right oblique, April 19-21), catcher Brian McCann (right shoulder surgery, May 2-5), outfielder Jason Heyward (appendectomy, May 9-15), right-hander Jordan Walden (right elbow inflammation, May 27), right-hander Luis Ayala (anxiety disorder, May 8-14, June 20-July 4), catcher Evan Gattis (strained right oblique, July 12-13) and right-hander Brandon Beachy (right elbow surgery, May 19-28, June 8-14, July 9-24).
The Gwinnett Braves open a three-game series against the Charlotte Knights on Wednesday at Coolray Field. Gwinnett will start right-hander Cody Martin (2-2, 3.26), while Charlotte’s starter has yet to be announced. Tony Schiavone will have the call on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.
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