For the season Upton is hitting .096 (7-for-73) with runners in scoring position, worst in the majors among qualified players.
“Coming out of Washington I felt a lot better,” Upton said. “Even in Philly I felt a lot better. So I don’t know. (Sitting out) is not my call. I’m sure it’s just a day and I’ll be here, rooting my teammates on.”
Left-hander Paul Maholm is scheduled to throw six innings or 90 pitches Saturday in Single-A Rome in what is expected to be the only outing of a minor league rehabilitation assignment. If all continues to go well with his left wrist, Maholm could be worked back into the rotation during the Braves four-game series in St. Louis, Aug. 22-25. The Braves have begun discussing scenarios for what they’ll do with the rotation when he returns but haven’t finalized any plans….
The Rome Braves announced that the Braves will play their annual exhibition game against their minor league prospects coming out of spring training on Saturday, March 29 at State Mutual Stadium in Rome and then open the 2014 season in Philadelphia. (The official 2014 schedule hasn’t yet been released.)
The exhibition game has been held twice at Coolray Field, home of the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves, and last year it was at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. where the Braves Double-A affiliate plays.