Braves News: Melvin Upton Jr. Out Until May With Foot Injury?

The Atlanta Braves announced on Friday that outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. will miss spring training with sesamoiditis in his left foot. Sesamoiditis is defined as inflammation in the bone behind the ball of the foot.

Upon's foot will be placed in a short leg cast for the next two weeks, before transferring over to a walking boot for four to six weeks after that. That would place his return to baseball activities likely somewhere in early-to-mid April.

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If that's the case, that could mean a stint on the disabled list and a subsequent rehab assignment which could push his season debut all the way back into May.

The Atlanta Braves are reportedly hard at work looking for short-term replacements for Upton Jr., both within the organization and in other avenues such as free agency. Braves officials hope that Upton's setback proves minor regardless, allowing for Upton Jr. to have a fair shake at turning things around after a tough 2014 campaign.

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