It's safe to say B.J. Upton's first season with the Braves hasn't gone according to plan. The outfielder came into the night hitting just .146/.232/.247 with 62 strikeouts in 45 games after signing the richest free-agent contract in franchise history (five years, $75.25 million), and that line went down after he struck out in his only at-bat against the Nationals on Friday.

As poorly as things have gone for Upton, there is still basically no chance he will be sent to the minor leagues so he can work on things in a non-results-oriented environment. Manager Fredi Gonzalez addressed the possibility on Friday.

"In my own mind, you think about those things, but really I haven't gotten to that point," Gonzalez told the Associated Press. "I think there's some logistics -- contractual things and that sort of stuff -- that they might not be able to do it that easy."

Because of his service time, Upton can refuse an assignment to the minor leagues. The team can't simply send him down on their own, though it's becoming obvious they are frustrated with his inability to straighten things out.

Gonzalez has already dropped Upton in the batting order, first from fifth to seventh, and more recently from seventh to eighth. He was held out of the lineup on Friday before entering late as a pinch-runner.