Tuesday August 4th, 2015

San Diego Padres leftfielder Justin Upton is considered day-to-day after injuring his right thumb in Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Upton suffered a bruised right thumb after hitting the Miller Park leftfield line wall in Milwaukee after making a catch on a ball hit by Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett in the seventh inning of San Diego’s 12-5 victory, its 13th win in the past 18 games.

He was replaced by pinch-hitter Clint Barmes in the eighth inning after going 1 for 4 with a double.

"It's a little sore," Upton said to MLB.com. "It snuck up on me. Most of the time you have time to break it down ... but I didn't. There isn't a better spot for padding [than] there. That railing is pretty inconvenient.”

"Unless I’m concussed and I don’t know it," he added. "Everyone keeps asking me about my face. If anything, it might’ve hit my glove, which is pretty soft."

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Padres interim manager Pat Murphy says the team will keep an eye on Upton’s injury and added that if Upton is out for more than a day, they will be concerned.

Upton, who was the subject of trade rumors, is hitting .247 with a team-leading 18 home runs and 57 RBI this season in his first season in San Diego after being traded from the Atlanta Braves last off-season.

The Padres (52-54) are 8 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West and six games out of the second Wild Card spot in the NL.

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