Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 months ago

Santana gave up six runs on eight hits -- including three homers -- and three walks while striking out five in four innings against the Tigers on Friday. He did not factor in the decision in the Twins' 8-6 win.

After nearly going the distance in his first start back from suspension, Santana struggled to get in any kind of rhythm in his second start, throwing only 49 of 81 pitches for strikes. While the 32-year-old once again missed a fair number of bats (now 13 strikeouts in 12 innings), he was ultimately undone by the home-run ball. Victor Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez all left the yard against the right-hander.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 months ago

Santana was stuck with the no-decision Sunday, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out eight over eight innings in a 3-2 loss against the Royals.

He showed no signs of rust in his Twins debut after serving an 80-game suspension for PED use. The righty looked in command against the Royals, using the slider to rack up strikeouts while also getting batters to roll into eight groundball outs. Santana was removed in the ninth inning after throwing 93 pitches, 58 of which went for strikes. The 32-year-old will face off against the Tigers at home his next time out.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 months ago

The Twins activated Santana (suspension) from the restricted list Saturday.

Santana is eligible to return to action after completing his 80-game suspension. He will jump right into the Twins' rotation and start Sunday's game against the Royals.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 months ago

Santana will throw his final bullpen session Thursday and then start Sunday for the Twins at Kansas City, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He was 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three outings for Triple-A Rochester.

Santana looks ready for his return to the majors after missing 80 games after a positive steroid test. However, he did have just 4.8 K/9 in his three Triple-A starts. It's not clear who the Twins will demote from the rotation, but Trevor May or Tommy Milone are the most likely candidates.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 months ago

Santana (suspension) will make the last of his three starts at Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Staar-Tribune reports.

That puts Santana on track to make his season debut July 5 against Kansas City, when his 80-game suspension for a positive test for an anabolic steroid will have run its course. GM Terry Ryan said the club hasn't decided who Santana will replace in the Twins' current rotation or if the team would employ a six-man setup, but it's clear that big expectations will be placed on the veteran right-hander after he inked a four-year, $54 million contract in December.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 months ago

Santana (suspension) will begin his three-start stint at Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, The Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Santana is nearing the end of his 80-game suspension for testing positive for PED's in April. He'll make three starts for the Twins' Triple-A affiliate in Rochester before joining the major league rotation on July 5.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 3 months ago

Santana (suspension) will return to the Twins on July 3 and is scheduled to start on July 5 after serving his 80-game suspension, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Santana, who threw his final extended spring training game Monday, is scheduled to toss his last minor league bullpen session on July 2 and will then meet the Twins in Kansas City the following day. Barring an unforeseen setback, Santana will join the rotation beginning July 5 against the Royals.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 3 months ago

Santana is scheduled to make three starts for Triple-A Rochester before returning from his 80-game steroid suspension on July 5, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Santana is up to 75 pitches after completing a four-game stint at extended spring training. He'll next throw 90 pitches for Triple-A Rochester.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 3 months ago

Santana (suspension) threw 60 pitches in a live batting practice session Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The plan is for Santana to get back onto the mound this weekend for another live session, and if all goes well, his next step could be an extended spring training start. Santana will ultimately progress to Triple-A Rochester next month in preparation for his early-July return from suspension.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 3 months ago

Santana (suspension) threw a live batting practice session Sunday and is scheduled to throw again Wednesday, Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Santana, who is not eligible to return from suspension until early July, threw 42 pitches Sunday and emerged without any hindrances. The plan is for him to start in extended spring training games before moving to Triple-A Rochester to make a few appearances before being activated to the major league roster.