Melvin Upton, Jr. will make his Padres debut on Monday… against the Braves


Padres outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr. was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. To create room on the roster, outfielder Abraham Almonte was sent to Triple-A El Paso. Per the Associated Press, Upton is expected to make his debut on Monday against his former team, the Braves.

Upton was traded to the Padres along with closer Craig Kimbrel just before the start of the regular season. The Padres sent Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, minor league prospect Matt Wisler, minor leaguer Jordan Paroubeck, and 2015 competitive balance round A pick to the Braves.

Upton, 30, rejoins his brother — also a former Brave — Justin in San Diego. Melvin had a rough two years in Atlanta, batting .198/.279/.314 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI in 1,028 plate appearances.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”