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Upton to DL with left index finger laceration

August 21, 2018

PHOENIX -- Justin Upton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, two days after suffering a laceration to his left index finger while cleaning a wine glass at his home in Phoenix on Sunday night.Upton, who turns 31 on Saturday, wasn't in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against

PHOENIX -- Justin Upton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, two days after suffering a laceration to his left index finger while cleaning a wine glass at his home in Phoenix on Sunday night.
Upton, who turns 31 on Saturday, wasn't in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rangers, and his DL stint is retroactive to that day. He is expected to be ready when eligible to return Aug. 30.
It was another blow to a team that has seen every starting position player, all five members of the starting rotation and the closer land on the disabled list at least once this season.
Upton required four stitches and had been hoping to avoid the disabled list, but team trainers looked at him Tuesday and said healing time was needed.
"It's been rough," Upton said. "Sometimes accidents can be avoided, and I wish it didn't happen. It's frustrating. Obviously, you want to play as many games as you can and win as many games as you can. Wish I was in there, but this is something I have to deal with and be back sooner rather than later."
Upton is hitting .267/.352/.474 with 26 homers this season, the first of a five-year, $106 million contract signed last offseason. 
Without Upton and Michael Trout, who is expected to return to the team this weekend, the Angels will play the National League West-leading D-backs without two of their most productive hitters.
"It is what it is," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You keep going. You are certainly not going to sit back and feel sorry for yourself. No one is going to feel sorry for you. We are going to have a lineup out there that can hopefully pressure other teams and score runs and hold leads."
The Angels promoted outfielder Jabari Blash to take Upton's roster spot.
Blash, 29, was hitting .321/.430/.702 with 26 homers in 76 games at Triple-A this season. He has also appeared in 14 games for the Angels in three different stints with the club this season, batting .087 (2-for-23).

Jack Magruder is a contributor to MLB.com based in Phoenix.