Tag:Justin Upton
Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 10:03 am

Thursday morning rumor roundup

The owners meetings and GM meetings overlap today in Orlando, so we might see some deals happen. Here's a sampling of the chatter as the day gets under way:

* Carl Crawford would be the Yankees' Plan B if they don't sign Cliff Lee, and CC Sabathia would again be their recruiter. (Newsday)

* The Rockies want a versatile right-handed bat, with Ty Wigginton and Jorge Cantu possibilities. (SI.com)

* Joel Sherman of the New York Post offers an endorsement, albeit tepid, for Bob Melvin as Mets manager. (New York Post)

* The Red Sox are making a push for Justin Upton, with the Diamondbacks likely to request Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard as the heart of the return package. (SI.com)

* AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz has heard the rumors about being moved to the rotation if the Rangers lose Lee, but hasn't been told anything by the team. (Hoy -- link in Spanish)

* The Yankees want Derek Jeter to sign for three years at $63 million, but Jeter is looking for as many as five or six years. (ESPNNewYork.com)

* The Marlins have been busy, but they're not done, with Larry Beinfest saying he'd like to add a starting pitcher. (Palm Beach Post)

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:13 pm

Not much chance D-Backs move Upton

Justin Upton
Baseball circles have been buzzing about the apparent sudden availability of Diamondbacks outfielder Juston Upton on the trade market, and it's a good case study in how non-stories become something they're not in the modern age.

It started with a USA Today GM meetings setup story in which Bob Nightengale talked with Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers about the outlook for the meetings. Towers said this:

"I'm open to listening on anybody. We got more hits on Upton and [Stephen] Drew. They're difficult to move, but sometimes to make your club better, you have to move good players. You never know when a deal might present itself.''

Somehow, this turned into "OMG! The D-Backs are trying to trade Upton!" Well, no they're not. That was Towers saying, "Look, this team stinks, and I'm not going to shut any doors as I'm trying to make it better." That's the position of any decent GM of a last-place team.

Is Upton available? Yeah, in the same way that everyone is theoretically "available." If the Rangers offer to send the Giants Josh Hamilton, Neftali Feliz, their top five prospects and enough cash to cover all of their contracts, sure, Buster Posey is "available."

Upton is one of the best young players in baseball, and is dirt cheap. He's a franchise cornerstone for the Diamondbacks to build on. They're not shopping him, but Towers is saying he's open to being blown away. Asked by Jon Heyman of SI.com what it would take to pry Upton from Arizona, one Diamondbacks official said "everything."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 9:52 pm

No surgery need for D-Backs' Hudson, Upton

Three little injury-related Diamondbacks tidbits from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic :

* Right-hander Daniel Hudson is done for the season, but will not need surgery for the strained tendon in his right middle finger. Lefty Zach Kroenke will start in his place.

* Outfielder Justin Upton will not need surgery on his right shoulder. Dr. James Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis. Upton could still play during the final games of the season, but Piecoro writes he doesn't sound optimistic.

* Finally, right-hander Brandon Webb will throw a game in the instructional league in Tucson on Wednesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 6:38 pm

Justin Upton sidelined by sore shoulder

Justin Upton, Kirk Gibson The Diamondbacks haven't had much go right this season, and Justin Upton is the latest casualty.

The 21-year-old who received MVP votes in 2009 has been sidelined since last Wednesday with a left shoulder strain. The shoulder also knocked Upton out for 10 of the previous 13 games, and Arizona isn't taking any risks with the young slugger.

"We're not going to play him at this point," interim manager Kirk Gibson (pictured with Upton) said to MLB.com in an interview that also had Gibson make clear he hopes to make his gig permanent. "We're going to make sure that he's strong and right before we throw him back out there and have him get back to where he is or worse."

Despite an "off" year (.273/.356/.442 in 571 plate appearances, versus 2009's .300/.366/.523 mark in 588 PA), Upton is still a very big part of the Diamondbacks' future.

"We'd like him in the lineup," Gibson explained. "I was looking at our record without him, and he's very, very important and influences what goes on. You take him out, and it's a big loss for us. It influences how the other guys in the lineup do. He's played 132 games this year and we want him to play more games than that."

Gibson then noted that Upton is no stranger to injuries. Upton has hit the disabled list each of the last two seasons thanks to a left oblique strain and has also missed several days with shoulder soreness in the past. That's the Diamondbacks' concern, although to hear Gibson tell it, a lot may have to do with Upton's work ethic. A successful 21-year-old with a questionable work ethic? Where have we heard that before? (Paging Matt Kemp.)

"How do we keep him healthy?" Gibson philosophied. "This has happened three years in a row. We've got to do some things differently, and a lot of that is up to him."

Meanwhile, Gibson is determined to see his job through.

"When I was a baseball player, it was about being a world champion. I still aspire to get back to another world championship," he stated. "You wouldn't be able to begin to feel what it feels like to do that, to accomplish that ultimate challenge. I want these guys to have that feeling, and I want to get back there."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:16 am

Justin Upton remains hobbled by shoulder

Justin Upton was only supposed to be out of action for a couple days.

Instead, it's been seven.

Removed from the game on August 30 due to irritation in his right shoulder, Upton hasn't seen action since and underwent a MRI Tuesday morning to try to figure out what the problem is, according to MLB.com .

To help cover for J-Up's absence, Arizona called up Cole Gillespie.

Upton is "struggling" through a .275/.359/.447 year after busting through with a .300/.366/.532 line in 2009 as a 21-year-old, appearing on the verge of superstardom. Ever since the All-Star Break, however, he's posted an .843 OPS as opposed to a pre-break OPS of .787 so is at least ending the season strong -- if only he could get back on the field.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 27, 2010 3:30 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 1:24 am

Longoria, Upton have dugout altercation

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In what is becoming something of a trend in the last couple of days, teammates had heated words for each other in the dugout.

This time it was the Rays' B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria and Upton was restrained by teammates from going after Longoria. Here's how the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin described the action :

That came after Upton didn't run hard to chase down a ball hit into the gap that became a triple for Rusty Ryal in the top of the fifth. It appeared Longoria initiated the confrontation by saying something and Upton reacted angrily and had to be restrained by Willy Aybar.

Upton took his normal turn batting in the fifth and walked, than was picked off.

I'm sure there'll be more updates later, and we'll have the he-said, he-said following the game. Or more likely, everybody says, "it's no big deal, it happens in the course of the season."

UPDATE: On Twitter, Topkin says Upton declined comment and Joe Maddon will decide later if there will be any discipline.

UPDATE 2: Another from Topkin's Twitter account : Upton changes course, does talk and says the matter has been settled, it was a "difference of opinion." That opinion, from what we saw, was that Longoria thought he dogged it, Upton disagreed. Longoria says the issue has already been "buried."

UPDATE 3: The Tampa Tribune 's Tony Fabrizio has more up on the newspapers' Rays blog .

From Maddon: "B.J. came in off the field after that particular play, and everybody saw it, and some guys were not real pleased. I was walking down that way, and certain things were said. It’s not unlike what had happened a couple of years ago at Texas, where we had the [Matt] Garza-[Dioner] Navarro confrontation. It’s something that happens during the course of a major league season. It happens on many teams, actually. It’s just one of those moments that happen, and now it’s up to me to handle it properly."

Upton: "Over the course of the season, it’s going to happen. It's done with and over."

Longoria: "B.J. is an emotional player. When we’re not playing up to our potential, things get multiplied. I don’t think it got that out of hand, to be honest with you. It looks a lot worse from the outside."

So if you're keeping score, that's two, "it happens in the course of the season" quotes out of three. Not too shabby.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 9:44 am

Upton vs. Upton

B.J. Upton The stakes will be a bit higher, but the matchup will be quite familiar.

The Brothers Upton, who played countless baseball games in their Virginia yard as kids, will meet in an organized game Friday night for the first time when B.J. Upton's Rays host Justin Upton's Diamondbacks.

"You never think one of your kids is going to grow up and become major-league baseball players, let alone both," their father, Manny, told the Tampa Tribune. "That's unbelievable. They can get drafted, but they still have to go through all those steps to make it that far. It's a blessing, because that is not handed to you."

B.J. (pictured), the older of the brothers by three years, was the second pick of the 2002 draft. Justin was the first pick in 2005. They expect about 70 relatives to attend each game of the series.

"Incredible," Manny said. "You know B.J. hits a lot of balls to the opposite field. Where does Justin play? Right field. And B.J. plays center field, and he can go gap-to-gap. I imagine if one of them robs the other of a hit, there'll be some trash talking."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 2:44 am

Burnett hammered again

A.J. Burnett A.J. Burnett's season continued to careen off the rails Monday, as the Yankees starter gave up three homers and five runs in the first inning in Arizona.

The Diamondbacks added a run against Burnett in the second inning and another in the fourth. All seven runs were scored with two outs -- Burnett gave up an amazing eight two-out hits in just the first two innings.

Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer in the first inning, sandwiched between solo shots by Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds.

At the end of May, Burnett was 6-2 with a 3.28 ERA. He has lost all four of his starts this month, and after going four innings Monday has a June ERA of 10.35.

When a pitcher drops off this dramatically and suddenly, it's often a sign that there's a correctable mechanical reason. The Yankees certainly hope so, given that they're on the hook to pay him $16.5 million a year through 2013.

-- David Andriesen

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