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Braves place B.J. Upton on DL

12:17 PM, Jul 14, 2013   |    comments
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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves placed outfielder B.J. Upton on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right adductor strain and activated catcher Evan Gattis from the 15-day DL in preparation for Sunday's finale of a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Upton exited Friday's tilt with the Reds in the first inning after taking a ball off his left knee while playing the field. The move is retroactive to Saturday.

B.J.'s brother, Justin, was also injured in Friday's contest when he limped to the dugout after grounding out in the seventh. Justin missed Saturday's game with a left calf strain and is not in the starting lineup Sunday against Cincinnati.

The Braves have lost all three of their starting outfielders during this series with the Reds, as right fielder Jason Heyward has been sidelined since Thursday when he sustained a strained left hamstring in the series-opener.

Atlanta's lineup will get a much-needed boost Sunday, with Gattis returning to the lineup for the first time since June 17 due to an oblique strain that forced him to the DL.

The 26-year-old rookie was batting .252 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI through 53 games prior to the injury.

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