Friday, May 31, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says he has considered asking center fielder B.J. Upton to work out his struggles in a minor league assignment.
Upton, signed to the biggest contract in franchise history at five years, $75.25 million, has a .146 batting average, 109 points below his seven-year career mark with Tampa Bay.
Gonzalez indicated that Upton has enough service time in the majors to refuse an assignment if he disagrees with the move.
Gonzalez has spoken with Upton about his absence from the lineup, but not about an assignment in the minors.
Upton is hitless in the Braves' past seven games. He was out of the lineup Friday for the second straight night.
Jason Heyward made his second start this year in center as Atlanta hosted the Washington Nationals.
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