Justin Upton back in D’Backs lineup Wednesday night

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The first-place Diamondbacks were dealt a scare on Tuesday night when star right fielder Justin Upton was forced from action after getting hit on the left elbow by a pitch. It turns out he’s just fine.

Upton was diagnosed with a mild left elbow contusion and is back in the Arizona starting lineup on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.

Here’s what the 23-year-old National League MVP candidate told the media during a pregame chat (via Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic):

“I’m just a little sore and I can play when I’m sore.”

Upton has posted a sparkling .298/.370/.544 slash line with 25 homers, 77 RBI and 19 steals through 548 plate appearances this season. He has also appeared in all 129 of the Diamondbacks’ games thus far.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.