Toronto – Tampa Bay Rays Centerfielder BJ Upton is back in the starting lineup tonight for the 1st time since straining his shoulder on Monday night versus the Detroit Tigers. Upton injured his shoulder reaching for a ball driven into the right centerfield gap off of ex-Ray Delmon Young in the 3rd inning Monday and it was feared that the Rays Centerfielder would have to put BJ on the DL. But the MRI on Tuesday came back negative and that meant only a few games missed.
BJ Upton is only hitting .224 in 2011, but he is 2nd on the Rays with 17 homeruns, 3rd on the team with 58 RBI’s and leads the team in steals with 26. So he is a huge piece of this Rays offense, but unfortunately, those numbers are not good enough to get the Rays into the playoffs. Those numbers are great to have, but they can’t be in the top 2 or 3 on the team to be competitive in the AL East.