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Upton gets a workout

Ozzie Smith was in Tampa working with B.J. Upton this week. It was reported after the two-day session that Smith believes in Upton as a SS, and it's a matter of him being properly nurtured to be a SS. The way I read this is that the former Devil Ray brass took a standoff approach with the young star and never implemented a proper development plan to improve his skills.

In hearing this and the fact that Lugo is on the roster it sure seems like Upton will begin the year in Durham. In my mind, he has alot of work to do. It seems until Lugo is traded Upton stays down to refine his skills. Unless, Maddon thinks he can get work in for him which seems doubtfull at this point.