MLB notes: Braves consider sending B.J. Upton to minors

Atlanta Braves batter B.J. Upton throws his bat as he reacts to striking out to end the fourth...

Atlanta Braves batter B.J. Upton throws his bat as he reacts to striking out to end the fourth inning during their MLB inter-league baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Atlanta, Georgia May 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

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The Atlanta Braves are considering sending outfielder B.J. Upton to the minors to try to work out his offensive woes.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters that he has wondered about making the move but has not yet spoken to Upton about it. Upton has enough service time in the majors to refuse an assignment.

Upton, who signed a franchise-high five-year, $75.25 million contract in the off-season, is batting .146, including .130 (11-for-84) with 37 strikeouts since April 27.

Gonzalez said he has talked with Upton recently about keeping him out of the lineup. He is hitless over the past week and did not play for the second straight game Friday.

Rookie catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis has benefitted by getting more playing time while Upton has struggled. Gattis leads all rookies with 12 home runs, 23 extra-base hits and 32 RBIs in 137 at-bats.

The streaky Upton batted .242 with 10 home runs in his first 96 games last year and .254 with 18 homers in the next 50.

MILLION-DOLLAR INK

Pete Rose, Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader who has been banned from the game for decades, still makes a very good living.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Rose, 72, earns more than $1 million per year signing autographs.

Rose has been working and living in Las Vegas since 2005, spending several hours per day, 15 to 25 days per month, every month, signing memorabilia and posing for pictures.

He signs autographs for anyone who buys memorabilia from him and his business partners. Typically, items range from $75 to $800.

Rose was placed on MLB’s permanent ineligibility list Aug. 24, 1989 for allegedly gambling on games as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

He tops the MLB hits list with 4,250.

HARPER OUT

Bryce Harper will finally rest his aching knee.

The Washington Nationals put the 20-year-old outfielder on the 15-day disabled list after he missed the last five games due to bursitis in his left knee, according to the Washington Times.

Harper was originally injured after he crashed into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13.

In 44 games this season he’s hitting .287 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs.

BRIEFLY

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy will go on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder ailment, according to The Arizona Republic ... After leaving Friday’s game two innings into his start, Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg will avoid a stint on the DL, according to the Washington Times. Strasburg may miss his next start with a strained back ... Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford left Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies with a hamstring injury ... The Baltimore Orioles signed reliever Jon Rauch to a minor-league contract, according to MLB.com. Rauch was released by the Miami Marlins last month after posting a 7.56 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.

- with files from The Sports Xchange


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