Upton (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.

Upton had been on the injured list with a lower back strain since late June, but he recently appeared in two rehab games at Triple-A Salt Lake and went 1-for-7 with a solo home run, a walk and four strikeouts. The 33-year-old should be available going forward, and he's starting in left field and batting third during Thursday's series opener in Minnesota. Outfielder Taylor Ward was sent down in a corresponding move.

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