After being released by the Los Angeles Angels in April, Justin Upton had a chance to exact revenge against them when he made his Seattle Mariners debut on Friday. Unfortunately, it didn't go as planned as the veteran left fielder was hit in the head by a pitch during the fifth inning.
Fortunately, it appears as if Upton avoided the worst-case scenario. Mariners manager Scott Servais had an awesome update on Upton following the 8-1 victory, saying that the 34-year-old is "feeling okay" and that he didn't lose consciousness at any time.
Justin Upton Injury Update
Servais added that, assuming there aren't any setbacks, he hopes to have Upton as the designated hitter during Saturday's doubleheader against the Angels. He went hitless with a strikeout in three plate appearances on Friday.
A four-time MLB All-Star, Upton's production hit a wall over his final three seasons with the Angels due to a slew of injuries. Although he had 38 home runs and 103 RBIs in 194 games over that stretch, his .211 batting average is noticeably below his .262 career BA.
The Mariners hope that Upton can have a quick recovery and help fix their outfield woes. Jesse Winker and Jarred Kelenic are both batting .210 or worse this season, while Abraham Toro hasn't exactly been slashing well in the DH spot (.164/.211/.316).
Upton has had moments where he's shown that he can still compete at his age. His main issue will be whether or not he can remain healthy long enough to prove that he still has "it."
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