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Los Angeles Angels place Justin Upton (lower back) on 10-day IL

Jun 17, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton (10) hits a single against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton (10) hits a single against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels placed outfielder Justin Upton on the 10-day injured list Friday with a right low back strain.

The Angels had hoped Upton would avoid the injured list, and manager Joe Maddon said earlier in the day he thought Upton might have been able to be back in the lineup Saturday or Sunday.

Upton, 33, has hit .338 in June and has hit four of his 14 home runs this month. He has been especially effective in his role at the top of the order, slashing .326/.417/.576 in 24 games batting leadoff.

The move is retroactive to Wednesday, meaning Upton could be back July 3.

Los Angeles recalled infielder Kean Wong from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the empty roster spot.

Wong, the younger brother of the Brewers’ Kolten Wong, has hit .184 through 17 games this season. He was a fourth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013.

–Field Level Media