Upton unhappy with not playing: "I thought I was an everyday player"
CF B.J. Upton was surprised - "definitely, without a doubt" - to not be in the lineup Monday night, and he wasn't any happier about it when told by manager Joe Maddon it was a result of his numbers - 1-for-13 with a homer - against Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.
"I thought I was an everyday player,'' Upton said. "I don't know if I'm subject to matchups now or not. I'm not going to get too bent out of shape about it, but obviously I want to be out there everyday.''
Maddon said he felt it was better to keep Ben Zobrist (1-for-8 vs. Matsuzaka), Matt Joyce (1-for-4 with a homer), Sean Rodriguez (1-for-3) and Willy Aybar (2-for-6) all in the lineup rather than Upton. "We have this nice little problem going on right now,'' Maddon said. "The fact that Matt Joyce is up, he presents different possibilities. Willy’s swinging the bat well right now, he’s filled in very nicely in the four-hole so we have a lot of moving parts right now, but I chose to do that tonight.’’
Upton - hitting .228 overall - was sullen and disappointed, the unexpected omission continuting what has been an eventful stretch as he was criticized for a lack of hustle and involved in a dugout altercation with 3B Evan Longoria in the June 27 game, didn't start the next game, missed the next three games with a sore right quad, then started Saturday and Sunday and two hits on Sunday.
"I don't know,'' Upton said. "It is what it is.''
Upton went into Maddon's office this afternoon to inquire and was told the plan. Maddon later told reporters Upton would be in the lineup for the remaining six games on the homestand.
Asked if he still was an everyday player, Upton said: "I don't know. I have no idea. I could not tell you.''