The Rule 5 draft is over

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Continuing where we left off earlier . . .

  • The Jays pick Zech Zinicola from the Nationals;

  • The Brewers pick Chuck Lofgren from the Indians;

  • The Cubs take Mike Parisi from the Cardinals;

  • The Rays take Armando Zerpa from the Red Sox;

  • The Mariners take pitcher Kanekoa Texeira from the Yankees.  How many dim Yankees fans thought it was Mark?

  • The Giants take Steve Johnson from the Orioles;

  • The Cardinals pick Ben Jukich from the Reds; and

  • The Phillies take Kenneth Herndon from the Angels.

I take it back: if you know these people you didn’t draft them and you’re not their momma.  They’re so anonymous that to know them you have be one of these people.

Melvin Upton released by the Giants

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have released outfielder Melvin Upton. He requested his release.

Upton, who turned 33 yesterday, signed with San Francisco in early April after the Blue Jays released him. It was a minor league deal. After recovering from a rash of minor injuries, Upton batted .244/.306/.333 in 12 games at Triple-A Sacramento. There was no indication that the Giants were going to call him up. I presume that, back when they signed him, they figured they’d be contending and could maybe use a veteran bat. That’s obviously not the case anymore.

I suppose it’s possible that someone gives Upton a look when rosters expand in eight days, but I figure it’s more likely that we’ll next see him as he fights to make a team on a minor league deal next spring.

Carlos Santana left last night’s game with back tightness

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Andrew Miller leaving last night’s Indians-Red Sox game got all the press, but the Indians lost another key player in the game as well: Carlos Santana. He was forced to leave after going 0-for-3. There was no followup announcement after the game, so he’s likely being reevaluated.

Santana is hitting .250/.355/.446 on the year, but he’s been pretty hot of late, hitting .375 with a couple of homers in the past week.