Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton left the Braves’ game against the Marlins in the 2nd inning of Tuesday nights game with left forearm spasms.
Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez talked about the injury “he (B.J.) kept saying he couldn’t open his hand, the muscle in the forearm, he just kept putting up two fingers and clamping them….he couldn’t open them. He did that a couple times in the dugout when he came in so we said forget it, if it’s a cramp it’s a cramp, if it’s something else more significant we don’t want to make it worse…right now hopefully it’s just a cramp.”
After being a victim of a strikeout by Miami’s right-hander Tom Koehler, Upton shook his left hand in apparent pain while walking back to the dugout.
The Braves say Upton’s status is day to day but late in the game they said he’d probably be alright by tomorrow….let’s give him a few days rest and play Jordan Schafer.
Gonzalez said post game “It just kind of cramped up, like a spasm. I’ve never seen anything like that with a hand…you see it with guys with calfs and legs and that kind of stuff but our trainings brought him up here (clubhouse) and it didn’t do it again so we’ll keep an eye out for it and see how he is tomorrow.”
Reed Johnson took over for Upton in center field to open the third inning.
Upton is hitting only .176 with eight homers, 19 RBIs and seven stolen bases.