Monday July 12, 2010 | 03:55 PM

Sea Dogs shortstop Jose Iglesias said he is weeks away from playing for Portland, as he continues his recovery from a severe bone bruise in his right hand.

Iglesias, who saw the team doctor Monday, said he plans to begin hitting baseballs off a tee after the All-Star break. It will be the first time Iglesias has swung a bat since injuring his hand in late May.

The Sea Dogs also said good-bye to reliever Santo Luis, who was informed after Monday's game that he is being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Luis, 26, was picked picked up on waivers from the Chicago White Sox earlier this season. He was 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA in 23 appearances with Portland.

No announcement was made on Luis' replacement in Portland.

Portland dropped Monday's game 4-3 to New Britain. Sea Dogs starter Alex Wilson received a no-decision. He looked solid at times and pounded the strike zone (93 pitches, 62 strikes; 16-of-23 first-pitch strikes).

His line: 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K



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