MILWAUKEE -- Justin Upton was held out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day Sunday due to what Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez called a sore right hand.
Gonzalez had said before Saturday's game that Upton was being given a breather, but he acknowledged on Sunday that Upton's hand has been bothering him for a couple of days.
"It's just his right hand, just a little sore," Gonzalez said.
The manager said Upton was available to play, but the team would hold him out of the starting lineup in hopes of giving him three consecutive days off, including Monday's off-day.
"If we don't have to use him, we won't use him," Gonzalez said. "We'll match him up with the right guy. We thought that with yesterday and today, and tomorrow the scheduled day off, we would turn the corner and really be fine. Obviously, he could play the field, but the more time we give him off, the better he'll be."
Jordan Schafer started in Upton's place for the second consecutive game.
Designated hitter undecided for Interleague series
MILWAUKEE -- The Braves are making their first-ever trip to Kansas City this week, but manager Fredi Gonzalez hasn't yet decided on who will be the designated hitter in the two-game Interleague series.
"I really haven't thought about it," Gonzalez said. "I have more problems on my plate than the DH on Tuesday right now."
Dan Uggla, Brian McCann, Evan Gattis and Juan Francisco have been the DH in the Braves previous Interleague series. Francisco was traded to the Brewers and Gattis is on the disabled list.
"We'll move it around those two games," Gonzalez said.
• Alex Wood said he felt fine Sunday after pitching in relief both Friday and Saturday. It was the first time in his professional or collegiate career he had pitched two consecutive days.
• Brandon Beachy played catch in the outfield at Miller Park Sunday, throwing from 30 feet and then from 60 feet. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session sometime this week in efforts to return from Tommy John surgery in June 2012.
Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.