Upton went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored in the Angels' 9-6 victory over the Astros on Monday. The veteran outfielder broke out of a brief 0-for-6 slump by slapping a pair of two-baggers and plating three of his team's nine runs. Upton is slashing .269/.347/.478 over 71 plate appearances since returning from the injured list June 17 -- numbers that are all pretty much exactly in line with his career averages.
Upton went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Friday's 13-0 rout of the Mariners. Upton smoked a two-run shot off Parker Markel in the seventh inning to extend the Angels' lead to 13-0. He also singled in the first. After spending a majority of the season on the injured list, the 31-year-old veteran is back with a vengeance, batting .281/.349/.509 with four home runs, nine runs scored and eight RBI over 57 plate appearances.
Upton (quadriceps) is starting in left field and batting cleanup Friday against the Mariners. He has not played since July 3 due to left quad tightness, but the All-Star break allowed him to get right. Upton is hitting .269/.345/.462 with three home runs and zero steals in 14 games this season.
Upton (quadriceps) is feeling better but will only be used in an emergency Saturday or Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Upton was removed from Wednesday's game against Texas due to a tight left quad and has yet to return to the field. The Angels have little reason not to have him sit until after the All-Star break, giving him over a week to rest before the second half begins.
Upton (quadriceps) remains out of the lineup for the third straight game Saturday against the Astros, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Upton left Wednesday's game against the Rangers with a tight left quad and hasn't played since. At this point, it may make sense for Upton to sit Sunday as well in order to get a full week of rest before play resumes after the All-Star break. Jarrett Parker will start in left field in his absence.
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