Ryan Ludwick won’t be back until mid-August

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The assumption after Ryan Ludwick underwent April shoulder surgery was that he would miss around three months. But it’s going to be closer to five.

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke to Ludwick Saturday about his timetable. “People seem to be under the impression that I’ll be back in the middle of July and that’s a complete lie,” Ludwick said. “I can’t even resume baseball activities until July 3, so it’s at least the middle of August.”

“I can’t even throw a baseball or swing a bat until July,” the 34-year-old continued. “I’ve got a whole lot of stuff to do. … You take three, four months from throwing a baseball, it’s going to take a while to get your arm back in shape.”

Ludwick signed a two-year, $15 million free agent contract with the Reds in December after batting .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 125 games last season. Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson will continue to split time in left field until Chris Heisey is recovered from his right hamstring strain.

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.