PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton was a late scratch from the lineup on Monday against Los Angeles, one day after he was hit in the helmet with a pitch.
Upton was penciled into manager Kirk Gibson’s original lineup but was removed following after batting practice. Upton also underwent an impact test, whose results were compared to the baseline test taken of all players in spring training.
Diamondbacks officials said Upton’s removal was for “precautionary reasons” and would not say if it was related to the impact test results.
Upton was hit above the brim of his helmet in the first inning Sunday by San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum.