15DErvin Santana SP MIN 2 days ago

Santana (back) pitched a simulated game Tuesday and is on track to start Saturday against the White Sox, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This had been the plan all along, and with no setbacks following the two innings of work in the sim game, Santana looks to be good to go. He'll likely take the spot of either Tyler Duffey or Alex Meyer in the starting rotation upon his return.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 3 days ago

Santana (back) will start Saturday against the White Sox if he makes it through a simulated game Tuesday without a hitch, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

According to LaVelle Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Santana will throw 30-40 pitches in Tuesday's simulated game. Rest appears to have helped Santana's back, as he is on track to return after the 15-day minimum absence.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 5 days ago

Santana (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Houston, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He is certainly making progress, as he played catch Saturday and will do so again Sunday before next week's bullpen session. He is eligible to come off the DL during the Twins' series in Chicago next weekend, but it is unclear at this point if that is a realistic expectation. He would likely take the spot of either Tyler Duffey or Alex Meyer in the Twins' rotation, or they could possibly move to a six-man rotation.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 6 days ago

Santana (back) will test his back with a light throwing session Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

There is no firm timetable for him to return, but it's good that he is scheduled to get some work in this weekend. The Twins are going with a youth movement for now in the rotation, as Jose Berrios, Tyler Duffey and Alex Meyer are all slated to be pitching every fifth day for the Twins going forward. However, once healthy, Santana figures to return at the head of the rotation.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 1 week ago

Santana (back) was placed on the DL on Tuesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Santana was initially hopeful that he'd only miss one start after experiencing back spasms, but the ailment has yet to subside. Jose Berrios and Jorge Polanco are expected to join the big league roster in place of Santana and Kyle Gibson (shoulder), but no official moves have been made yet.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 1 week ago

Santana (back) played catch Monday, but did not a throw a bullpen session, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. It's unclear if Santana will be ready to make his next start.

Competitive Edge Analysis

According to LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Santana's back is still sore. As part of a flurry of roster moves Monday, Alex Meyer, who is stretched out as a starter, joined the Minnesota bullpen. Meyer may be needed to chew up innings throughout the week as Tyler Duffey is in limbo after getting hit in the shoulder by a comebacker in his most recent start this weekend.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Santana (back) is expected to miss just one start and the Twins don't plan to place him om the DL, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Today I feel much better," Santana said. "[Friday] I could not turn to the left or right side. Moving down or up, there was a lot of pain. Today I walk faster, so that is a good sign."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Even though the Twins sound confident, it's probably too early to rule out a DL stint just yet. Santana will likely need to show he can throw without any issues in the next few days. Tyler Duffey was called up to start Sunday at Washington in Santana's place.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Santana will miss Sunday's start against the Nationals due to back stiffness, LaVelle Neal of the Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Santana was slated to take the ball for Sunday's series finale in Washington, but a case of back stiffness that sprung up Saturday morning will cause the Twins to scratch him. Tyler Duffey is set to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start in Santana's place Sunday. The Twins have yet to comment on the severity of Santana's back injury or when he will make his next start, but a further update on his status should be made available later Saturday.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Santana allowed five runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out two, but received no-decision Tuesday against the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although he didn't have his best stuff, the Brewers' defense let him down as he exited the game with a three-run deficit. Fortunately, the offense came up big in the late innings to take him off the hook for a potential loss. Overall, he's been quite effective this season, as he's yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his four starts, and his ERA sits at 3.15. He'll make his next start Sunday at the Nationals.

15DErvin Santana SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Santana (0-1) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out six in Thursday's loss to the White Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Santana pitched well, but the Twins were unable to get anything done offensively against Mat Latos. Through three starts, the 33-year-old sports a 3.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with 16 strikeouts in 15 innings of work. The right-handed veteran is inducing ground outs at a career-high rate, which is always a nice sign for pitchers.