"I noticed a difference [in my vision] over last year and some of this year," Upton said. "It wasn't anything big. But I think it was enough for me to not really pick up spin on the ball. So I just figured we should try something."
Upton was pleased with the results that he garnered as he went 1-for-4 during Friday's win. He hit a sharp infield single that Reds third baseman Todd Frazier prevented from going down the left-field line in the first inning. In his next at-bat, he lined out to center field.
"The first one I thought he rolled over," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It looked like he was going to make the turn thinking it was going to be a double. He made it closer than it should have been at first. The next one he hit, he hit it right on the nose. That's a good [at-bat]."
Upton has shown some signs of encouragement as he has batted .244 with a .358 on-base percentage in his past 12 games. This is certainly an improvement given what he provided last year, when he hit .184 with a .268 on-base percentage.
"I definitely noticed a difference tonight," Upton said. "We'll see how it goes."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.