Upton Continues Rehab on Ailing Shoulder

The last time fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks saw right fielder Justin Upton he was riding the bench watching is teammates struggle in the final month of the season. Upton had been sidelined with what was described as a tweaked left shoulder.

The shoulder was injured during an at bat when Upton swung violently at a pitch and missed. He winced in pain and was subsequently removed. His condition was listed as day-to-day. That diagnosis was a little misleading as Upton was only able to play in five games in the final month of the season.

In the final week of the season the Diamondbacks sent Upton to meet with renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. Dr. Andrews reviewed Upton’s case and it was determined he would not need surgery, definitely good news.

After returning to Phoenix, Upton traveled to Tucson to continue rehabilitation. With instructional league over, Upton will work with training staff to build strength while minimizing strain on the shoulder joint.

His first real test came this week when he stepped into a batter’s box for the first time in nearly a month. He hit the ball squarely and after several swings commented that there was no report of pain.

Upton will be placed on a strict off-season conditioning program with he hopes of minimizing the injuries that have plagued him his whole major league career. Hopefully the program will pay off. The Diamondbacks cannot afford for Upton to be injured or miss any extended period of time if they are to be successful.

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