Los Angeles Angels LF Justin Upton got here off the IL on Monday and instantly homered on the primary pitch in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays
Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton didn’t take lengthy to make an influence upon his return to the lineup on Monday.
The 31-year-old Upton had been on the 60-day IL for the whole season to date whereas coping with a turf toe damage, lacking the Angels’ first 72 video games of the season. Activated in time to make his season debut in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays on the Rogers Centre on Monday, Upton got here up for the primary time to guide off the highest of the second inning.
On the primary pitch he noticed from the Jays’ Edwin Jackson, Upton hit a 424-foot dwelling run to heart area to open the scoring for the Angels. It was just the start of an enormous inning for Los Angeles. Kole Calhoun adopted with a house run, Mike Trout hit a two-run double and Shohei Ohtani added a three-run dwelling run because the Angels ended up scoring seven runs to knock out Jackson and take a 7-1 lead as they presently play within the third inning. Upton later singled to left in his second at-bat of the inning.
To make room for Upton on the roster, the Angels despatched Cesar Puello to the Minors. The 28-year-old rookie did an admirable job filling in for Upton, hitting .390 in 12 video games.
Upton, a four-time All-Star, is within the second 12 months of a five-year, $106 million contract he signed with the Angels after being acquired in a commerce from the Detroit Tigers in August 2017. He hit 30 dwelling runs a 12 months in the past, his first full season in Los Angeles.
Now in his 13th season within the large leagues, Upton has a profession .268 common with 287 dwelling runs and a .826 OPS. The Angels are presently 35-37 and path the Houston Astros by 13 video games within the AL West as they start a four-game sequence in Toronto.