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Braves activate B.J. Upton, place Gerald Laird on 15-day DL

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

B.J. Upton is back with the Braves after nearly three weeks on the DL.
B.J. Upton is back with the Braves after nearly three weeks on the DL. (USATSI)

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The Braves activated center fielder B.J. Upton off the 15-day DL prior to Saturday's game. Catcher Gerald Laird was placed on the 15-day DL to clear a roster spot.

Upton, 28, had been on the DL since mid July with a right adductor strain. He went 4-for-12 with three doubles in three minor league rehab games with the team's Triple-A affiliate. It was the fourth DL stint of his nine-year career.

In 84 games before the injury, Upton hit a very disappointing .177/.266/.300 (54 OPS+) with eight home runs and seven stolen bases. He had been hitting after the calendar flipped to June, putting up a .220/.312/.373 batting line with four homers and four steals in 38 games prior to the injury.

Laird, 33, had a kidney stone removed on Thursday. The Braves will go with Evan Gattis as Brian McCann's backup behind the plate for the time being. Laird hit .293/.384/.400 (115 OPS+) in 88 games before being placed on the DL.

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