Braves left fielder Justin Upton left Tuesday’s game against the Phillies with a left triceps contusion. He is listed as day-to-day, according to the team.
Upton was hit by a pitch in the first inning by Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Upton remained in the game until the top of the sixth inning when he was replaced defensively by Ryan Doumit.
Upton was hit right above the left elbow and had ice on the injury following the game. He said he would seek further treatment before Wednesday afternoon’s series finale.
“Put ice on it, ice it down, put some compression on it to get the swelling out,” Upton said. “That’s it.”
Kendrick also hit Upton with a pitch in the third inning July 20th at Turner Field. Upton also had to come out of that game in the sixth inning for a pinch-hitter. He indicated the second incident may well have been intentional.
“Well, I mean, you saw him for seven innings,” Upton said after the game. “He didn’t miss any spots. And that’s the second time he’s hit me in that same exact spot. So I guess he only misses his spots on me.”
Upton grounded out to second base in the fourth inning in his second at-bat before he was eventually pulled from the game.
“It kept getting stiff on him,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “So we decided to get him treatment right away.”