Justin Upton had to be removed from Sunday’s eventual rainout against the Rockies with discomfort in his left oblique, and sitting out Monday’s series opener against the Giants apparently did solve the issue. Upton is out of the Padres’ starting lineup Tuesday for a second straight game. Will Venable will start in left field and bat seventh versus San Francisco right-hander Chris Heston.
Upton’s oblique has been a lingering problem for much of July. It comes with unfortunate timing for the Friars, who appear likely to shop the impending free agent ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Upton has 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 89 games this season for the 44-49 Padres.