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Sore triceps keeps J-Up out of starting lineup

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ATLANTA -- Justin Upton, the Braves' leader in home runs (26) and RBIs (91), was still suffering from a sore left triceps and was out of the starting lineup in the series finale on Wednesday against the Phillies at Turner Field.

The decision was made after Upton underwent treatment and took some swings in the indoor batting cages on Wednesday.

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"I just told him, 'Take your time, get loose, get some swings and let me know,'" Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said prior to the game. "If he feels good, he's in the lineup. If he's not, then we'll run [Ryan] Doumit out there in left field."

Upton left Tuesday night's 4-0 loss to the Phils with a bruised left triceps in the sixth inning after he was hit by a Kyle Kendrick pitch in the first. Upton remained in the game, grounding out in the fourth inning, but came out to start the sixth.

Upton had some harsh words after the game about the Phillies' starter.

"You saw him for seven innings, he didn't miss his spots," said Upton. "That's the second time he's hit me in that same exact spot. I guess he only misses his spots against me."

Tuesday night was only the fifth time Upton has been hit by a pitch in 2014, and the last three times have come against the Phils, all three times by Kendrick.

Gonzalez didn't read any intent into Tuesday night's HBP.

"I know [Upton's] gotten hit a couple of times with Kendrick," Gonzalez said. "But nobody likes to get hit, especially in a situation where you have a chance to drive in some runs. Right now we're just worried about him being able to play."

With Upton unable to start on Wednesday, Doumit batted in the cleanup spot.

Evan Gattis was also out of the starting lineup, with rookie Christian Bethancourt getting the nod behind the plate.

Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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