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Justin Upton pulled from today's lineup

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As soon as word came out that Justin Upton had been scratched from today's lineup against the Pirates after originally being included, Padres fans everywhere held their breath while typing out worst-case scenarios of what could have happened. The most popular theory was that he'd been traded, as it seems like an inevitability that he will be by month's end since he becomes a free agent after the season and the Padres are looking less and less like contenders every day. That, or he suffered an injury that would drive down his trade value.

As it turns out, he has a sore left oblique (the bane of the 2007 club!) and may be considered day-to-day, as tweeted by the indispensable Corey Brock.

Dennis Lin, indispensable in his own right, seemed a bit more confident in the day-to-day assessment.

There's no word yet as to how this will affect Upton's standing as the team's lone All-Star representative. Even if he's back on the field before then, it seems likely that both Upton and the Padres would want to avoid the possibility of him exacerbating the injury in what amounts to a pointless exhibition game for 28 out of the 30 teams. And beside, Upton doesn't even care about being an All-Star. If I had to wager, I'd put my money on San Diego going a fourth straight season without a player seeing action in the Midsummer Classic.