07/27/10 11:40 PM ET
Upton day-to-day with hip injury
By Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
Upton said he felt a tweak in his hip when diving back to second base on a pickoff throw in the first inning. He could've continued playing but pulled himself out when it started tightening up.
"I carried on throughout the game a little bit, but it got to the point where it was pretty tight," Upton said. "[It was] more precautionary to go ahead and get out of the game and get some treatment on it."
Upton went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts and a run scored, but he did not come out to play right field in the bottom of the fifth. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the first inning.
He said he had trouble running after a double down the right-field line by Phillies second baseman Placido Polanco in the fourth.
"I was kind of guarding it a little bit because I felt it," Upton said. "And at that point, I was hurting the team more than I was helping it, so we made the decision to go ahead and put [Gerardo] Parra out there."
The 22-year-old outfielder is batting .431 with two home runs and eight RBIs in the midst of his current hitting streak.
"He's had a history of having side problems, like hip flexor problems, so we weren't going to take any chances so we got him out of there," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
Upton said he's never had any major issues with his hip, but it has tightened up on him at different points in the past. He said he will get to the ballpark early on Wednesday and see if he can play.
"I didn't try and play through it," Upton said. "Hopefully it's only a couple days thing."
Upton's brother, B.J., also left early with an injury in Tampa Bay's contest with Detroit on Tuesday after suffering a left ankle sprain in the first inning.
Trade rumors still swirling in Arizona
PHILADELPHIA -- The D-backs have had more than 48 hours to digest the news that their ace, Dan Haren, had been traded away, but manager Kirk Gibson acknowledged that more moves could be on the horizon.
With four days until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Arizona remains a common theme in the 24-hour rumor cycle, even after Haren's surprising deal to the Angels. Gibson said he's aware of the frequent reports and trade speculation that hovers around his club.
"Maybe there will be [another trade], I don't know," Gibson said. "Trades, a lot of them are talked about and a lot of them don't happen. This one here kind of came from the blue, I guess."
D-backs first baseman Adam LaRoche, reliever Chad Qualls and right-hander Edwin Jackson are the most talked about names in the trade market, according to various reports. Gibson said the constant chatter this time of year can begin to wear on the psyche of a clubhouse.
"It's probably not good for the players," Gibson said. "It does probably have some type of affect on them. But you gotta deal with it."
Haren was a player who tried to keep in tune with the speculation -- a difficult task considering the massive proliferation of trade gossip this time of year. It doesn't help being in Philadelphia, a media hotbed filled with rumors surrounding Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth. It is a difficult task for the players to stay out of it all.
"A lot of negotiating gets done that way, too," Gibson said of the rumor mill. "People throw things out there -- other organizations and stuff. It's all part of it."
Montero starts against left-hander
PHILADELPHIA -- Miguel Montero was in the starting lineup on Tuesday against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, a rare appearance for the left-handed-hitting catcher against a southpaw.
Montero is batting .188 with only 16 at-bats against left-handers this year and Hamels, with his soft changeup and curveball, has been brutal against lefties this season, holding them to a .176 average -- the fifth-lowest mark of any National League starter.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he wanted to get Montero back in the lineup after a day off on Sunday.
"If I don't play him enough, there's something about playing every day to get in a groove and that helps you," Gibson said. "Then you sit and it gets you refreshed physically, but you lose that groove. We're kind of in the middle right now, so we're going to try to get him going again."
Gibson said he thought Montero was tired after playing consistently once he returned from the disabled list. After back-to-back days off, he hopes the 27-year-old catcher can rebound.
"I think he got tired and now I'm trying to get him going again," Gibson said. "He got tired because he came back and got his first 100 at-bats basically. Then, he got a little tired and started pressing. So then I gave him the rest."
Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.