The 2021 MLB season has not been kind to the Los Angeles Angels outfield. Three-time American League MVP Mike Trout has been out of the lineup since May 18 and now it's looking like Justin Upton will miss time.
Upton exited a game on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants with lower back tightness. While the hope was that the injury wouldn't be serious, the Angels and their fans received some bad news on Saturday as Upton was placed on the 10-day injured list.
Justin Upton Injury Update
The silver lining of Upton's injured list placement is that it is retroactive to Wednesday. That means he can return to Los Angeles' lineup as early as Saturday, July 3.
A four-time MLB All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger, Upton has spent the last four years with the Angels. During that span, he has 72 home runs and 194 RBI in 340 games played. After back-to-back underwhelming campaigns, Upton was starting to put things back together in 2021 before landing on the injured list. The veteran outfielder has tallied 14 homers and 32 RBI in 223 at-bats in 2021 while slashing .247/.336/.480 — slightly above his .240/.331/.458 slash line since joining Los Angeles in 2017.
The truth is that the Angels will need their outfield to be as healthy as possible if they want any chance to find success in a largely underwhelming season. When it comes to winning the AL West, Los Angeles' +2600 odds rank third, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Even if they win the division or make the playoffs as a wild-card team, the Angels' +6500 odds to win the World Series (T-18th) are less than favorable.
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