Padres OF Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) set to make season debut
The San Diego Padres will activate outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the disabled in time for Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves, manager Bud Black told reporters Sunday. Outfielder Abraham Almonte will be sent down to Triple A.
Upton, who was known as B.J. prior to this season, has not played yet this season because of a foot injury. He was acquired in a trade with the Braves in April that also sent closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego.
Upton batted .280 in 13 Triple A games this season with one home run and six RBIs. He will join his younger brother Justin with the Padres.
Upton signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Braves before the 2013 season after accumulating 15.4 WAR in eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was worth -2.1 WAR in two seasons in Atlanta, with a .593 OPS and 324 strikeouts in 267 games.
The Padres are currently waiting for outfielder Wil Myers to recover from a wrist injury that has sidelined him since May 10.
- Dan Gartland