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Top Justin Upton News

  • Justin Upton: Released by Angels

    Upton was released by the Angels on Friday.

    Upton was designated for assignment Saturday and went unclaimed on waivers, so the Angels will now be responsible for his $28 million salary this season, and the 34-year-old will be free to sign with another team. Upton appeared in 90 games last year and slashed .211/.296/.409 with 17 homers, 47 runs, 41 RBI and four steals. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see him carve out playing time as a veteran presence in some team's outfield this year.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Designated for assignment

    Upton was designated for assignment Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Upton hasn't recorded a wRC+ above 92 since 2018, which simply isn't good enough for a corner outfielder. The Angels will eat $28 million by letting him go, which looks like a clear sign of faith in young outfielders Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, who have plenty of potential but haven't put it all together yet. Despite his recent struggles, Upton could still generate interest on the open market after he clears waivers. He may fit on the short side of a platoon somewhere, as he struggled to a 76 wRC+ against righties last year but managed a 130 wRC+ against lefties.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Could see time at first base

    Upton could see time at first base this season, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

    Upton is in his final year with the Angels and appears ready to fill in wherever needed, including at a position he's never played before. If Upton does see time at first base it could come in a platoon role against left-handed pitching, splitting time with Jared Walsh.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Shifts to 60-day IL

    Upton (back) was transferred to 60-day injured list Thursday.

    Upton has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season, so this move comes as little surprise. He'll end his campaign with a .211/.296/.409 line, though he did manage to launch 17 homers across 361 plate appearances.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Done for season

    Upton (back) has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2021 season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Upton was placed on the 10-day injured list at the beginning of September due to a right lumbar strain, and he hasn't progressed quickly enough to play again this year. With the Angels firmly out of the playoff race, the team likely saw no need to push the veteran outfielder to play again in 2021. Upton finishes the season with a .211/.296/.409 slash line, 17 home runs, 41 RBI, four stolen bases and 47 runs scored in 90 games.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Goes on IL

    Upton was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right lumbar strain.

    The back injury kept Upton out of action Saturday and will now put him on the shelf until Sept. 14 at the earliest. It's unclear whether the 33-year-old will be back when eligible or if he'll require a more extended stay on the IL. Juan Lagares figures to get frequent starts in the corner outfield positions while Upton is out.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Out again Sunday

    Upton (back) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.

    Upton was scratched from Saturday's lineup with back pain and is omitted from the starting nine once again. It's unclear whether he's available off the bench Sunday, or if manager Joe Maddon is giving him the day off altogether to rest and potentially be ready for Monday's series finale. Jo Adell is starting in left field, with Juan Lagares getting the nod in right.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Dealing with back injury

    Upton was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Rangers after he experienced back pain during pregame warmups.

    Upton was removed from the lineup minutes before first pitch Saturday due to his back injury. Whether he's available off the bench remains to be seen.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Late scratch Saturday

    Upton was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Rangers for an undisclosed reason, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Although a reason for the 34-year-old's removal from the lineup wasn't given, Phil Gosselin will shift to left field while Jared Walsh starts at first base. It's not yet clear whether Upton will be available off the bench.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Takes seat Friday

    Upton isn't starting Friday's game against the Rangers.

    Upton will be out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games after he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Wednesday. Jo Adell will shift to left field while Juan Lagares starts in right.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: On bench Tuesday

    Upton is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Upton finds himself out of the lineup for the second straight contest while going through an 0-for-17 slump. Jo Adell will move to left field while Juan Lagares starts in right again for the Halos.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Not in Monday's lineup

    Upton is out of the lineup Monday against the Yankees.

    Upton started the last two games and will receive a day off while mired in an 0-for-17 slump. Jo Adell will shift over to left field while Juan Lagares starts in right.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Returns to lineup

    Upton (calf) is starting Friday's game against the Padres.

    Upton missed the last three games due to a calf injury, but he'll start in left field and bat fifth in Friday's series opener against the Padres. The 34-year-old went 0-for-11 with an RBI, two walks and five strikeouts in his last three appearances prior to his injury.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Sitting again Thursday

    Upton (calf) isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles.

    Upton has been dealing with a calf injury recently and will be out of the lineup for a third consecutive game. However, he'll be available off the bench if needed, according to Sam Blum of The Athletic. Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh and Juan Lagares will start in the outfield from left to right.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Sitting Wednesday

    Upton (calf) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Upton is out of the starting nine for the second consecutive contest while dealing with a calf injury. Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh and Juan Lagares will start from left to right in the outfield for the Halos.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Managing calf issue

    Manager Joe Maddon revealed that Upton is dealing with a calf issue, which is part of the reason he is not starting Tuesday against Baltimore, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    While the calf issue may be the decisive factor in Upton not starting Tuesday, the veteran outfielder also has just seven hits in 50 August at-bats. Juan Lagares takes his spot in the outfield Tuesday, and Upton can be considered day-to-day going forward.

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  • Angels' Justin Upton: Day off Friday

    Upton will sit Friday against Cleveland.

    Upton no longer has an everyday role, as he's now been on the bench for six of the Angels' last 11 games. Jo Adell will shift to left field Friday, with Juan Lagares starting in right.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Norfolk, VA
Age: 34
Experience: 14
Bats/Throws: R, R