Andres Torres, Mark DeRosa off DL, into Giants lineup

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The Giants activated both Andres Torres (Achilles’ tendon) and Mark DeRosa (wrist) from the disabled list Tuesday and inserted them right into the lineup for their game against the Diamondbacks.

Torres is returning to his usual leadoff spot, while DeRosa is playing third and batting seventh.

As expected, the Giants sent the struggling Miguel Tejada to the bench to make room for DeRosa.  Tejada played shortstop before moving to third when Pablo Sandoval got hurt, but Mike Fontenot has been red-hot and will stay there for now.  Tejada is hitting just .195/.230/.263 with one homer and nine RBI in 118 at-bats.

What is unexpected is that Aaron Rowand remains in the lineup in left field.  Rowand did a nice job filling in for Torres last month, but he’s slumped of late: he’s hitting .212 with just one RBI and 12 strikeouts in eight games this month.  Overall, he’s at .271/.317/.398 n 118 at-bats.  Pat Burrell, who is taking a seat, is hitting .239/.364/.446.

The move signals a philosphy shift from manager Bruce Bochy.  Before the season started, Bochy indicated that it was Torres who would move around the outfield when he and Rowand played together.  Now, however, Torres is playing center and Rowand is making just his second start in an outfield corner since 2004.  It’s just the fourth time in his career that he started in left field, though he did see a bunch of action there as a defensive replacement in his early days with the White Sox.

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.