The Atlanta Braves have activated B.J. Upton from the disabled list after recovering from his strained right adductor muscle. To make room for him on the roster, the Braves placed Gerald Laird on the 15-day DL in his recovery from a kidney stone removal procedure, braves.com reports.
Upton has spent the last few days working with hitting guru Lee Elia, with whom he has worked before. The result is Upton hitting three doubles over his last two rehab games, and Greg Walker is happy with what he sees.
"I saw a couple of his hits, and they were mechanically and technically perfect," Walker said. "He pounded the ball to right-center. That's a great sign for me. Let's just see if he can keep repeating it. But it looked a lot like B.J. Upton to me."
By all accounts, Upton is taking the opportunity to start over after beginning the season with a .177 average.
"He took probably his best [batting practices] before he went down," Walker said. "You could just see the eye of the tiger or whatever you want to call it. He knows we've got something good going on, and he wants to contribute."
Laird had a procedure earlier in the week to help him pass kidney stones that he developed last week. The move is retroactive to July 26.
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