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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.