SAN DIEGO -- D-backs outfielder Justin Upton was held out of Tuesday's starting lineup with a sore left thumb, but he entered the 4-2 D-backs victory on defense as part of a double switch in the 11th inning. He recorded a putout in right field and did not have an at-bat.
Upton jammed his thumb while sliding into second base to break up a double play in the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon against the Giants. Upton placed his left hand on the ground as he slid, and that's when the injury occurred.
"I have a bad habit of putting my hand down when I slide," Upton said. "I wear a brace, but it doesn't protect the thumb."
X-rays taken were negative and Upton hopes to be back in the lineup as early as Wednesday.
"It swelled up a little bit on me," Upton said. "It's a little sore and I went and swung and it didn't feel quite right. Obviously take a day to try to get it right. It's not too bad. It's one of those things where you'd rather be cautious early on than push it early on."
Gerardo Parra got the starting nod in right in place of Upton while Chris Young was in Upton's usual No. 3 spot.
"Hopefully he'll be ready tomorrow," manager Kirk Gibson said.