Upton day to day after straining left quad

Upton day to day after straining left quad

CHICAGO -- Padres left fielder Justin Upton left Saturday's 7-6 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs with a slight strain of his left quad, said manager Bud Black, and Upton is day to day.

Black said Upton suffered the injury in the 10th inning after he doubled with two outs. Upton finished the inning, but he was replaced by pinch-runner Will Venable, who took over in left.

Upton, whose 10-game hitting streak ended Friday, was hitless in his first three plate appearances on Saturday before getting a single as part of the Padres' four-run ninth inning that tied the game at 6.

The Padres are currently carrying four outfielders, and Venable is the most likely candidate to see playing time in the event Upton needs more time to rest his quad. Cory Spangenberg can play the outfield in a pinch, as can Alexi Amarista.

Upton is hitting .326 this season in his first 46 at-bats with a team-leading three home runs. He ranks second in RBIs (eight) to teammate Matt Kemp, who has nine and hit his first Padres homer in the first inning on Saturday.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.