Upton went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's win over Minnesota. The veteran outfielder played in his first game since June 22 and was unable to reach base. He had been leading off prior to going on the injured list with a lower back strain but slotted into the No. 3 spot in the order Thursday. Given David Fletcher's recent scorching-hot stretch, it appears likely that Upton's days as a leadoff hitter are over, at least in the short term.
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.
Upton (back) has gone 1-for-7 with a solo home run, a walk and four strikeouts in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. The veteran homered in his first at-bat with the Triple-A club Monday but has gone 0-for-6 with four strikeouts since. Most importantly, he has not suffered any setbacks with the lower back strain that has kept him out of big-league action since June 22. Upton appears to be closing in on a return to the Angels.
Upton (back) is starting a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports. Upton hasn't sniffed the field since June 22 after suffering a back injury, and he'll need at least a brief rehab stint before the team activates him from the 10-day IL. It's unclear at this point how much action he'll need in the minors before returning to the big-league club.
Upton (back) could start a rehab assignment sometime this week, the Associated Press reports. When Upton's back initially tightened up, he was not expected to need a stint on the IL. However, it has taken some time for the veteran outfielder to recover, and he has now been out of action for nearly a month. As such, Upton will require a rehab assignment, though it's not clear exactly when that will start or how long it will last. Assuming all goes well for Upton from this point forward, it seems reasonable to hope for a return to the Angels within a week.