Evan Gattis, Jordan Schafer, Jason Heyward and now the Upton brothers. The Atlanta Braves are in a little bit of a tough spot in the midseason as their outfield has disappeared due to injury. The three outfields marks as our flagship and on the cover of the programs Heyward, Justin Upton and B.J. Upton have all had issues with injuries in the past two nights.
If it’s going to happen, might as well be heading into the All-Star break….I guess
Fredi Gonzalez spoke on behalf of the injuries and it’s a good time for these to happen “I wish it was tomorrow (All-Star break) but it’s not. We’ve got two more games to play against a tough team and we’re pretty banged up right now.”
B.J. Upton left Friday night’s game against the Reds in the 1st inning. He was coming in on a short fly ball to centerfield when he slid for the catch but his knee hit the ground awkwardly and the ball missed the glove.
“I jammed my knee on the ground going after the ball just kind of jerked me leg out and just felt something there,” Upton said. “It’s not to bad, I think it’s just sore from the initial hit so we will give it a nice rest and see how it feels tomorrow.”
The Braves outfield may of had a reasoning for the injury. He may of miss played the ball because of not being able to see it clearly.
“With the backdrop, it’s tough to see sometimes. When I dove for it, it was a lot higher than I thought it was and I think if I saw it a little better, we probably wouldn’t be dealing with this situation right now. It was a tough play but unfortunately this is what came out of it.”
The team announced later it was a right adductor muscle strain. The extent of the injury is unknown, and he is considered day to day.
“When it rains, it pours. Just have to deal with it and deal with what your dealing with and move on,” B.J. said. “Must be something in the water, I don’t know. Unfortunately that is the way it goes sometimes. We are a good enough ball club to get things done and luckily we have the All-Star break coming up to get some guys some rest.”