Braves injuries: B.J. Upton activated; Gerald Laird placed on DL

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B.J. Upton has missed half a month with an abductor strain, but will return to Atlanta's lineup Saturday.

The Atlanta Braves activated center fielder B.J. Upton from the disabled list, according to the team's official Twitter page.

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Upton has been on the disabled list since July 14 with a right abductor muscle strain. The Braves started him on a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday. He collected four hits, including three doubles, in 12 at-bats for Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves signed Upton to a five-year contract in the offseason, but have not received production to match the deal from the speedy outfielder. Upton, 28, has hit just .177 with a .565 OPS and seven stolen bases in 2013.

To make room for him on the roster, catcher Gerald Laird was placed on the DL. Laird had a kidney stone removed on Wednesday. He did not travel with the team to Philadelphia. When the Braves need to give catcher Brian McCann a rest, they will likely use rookie Evan Gattis at the position.

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