Ervin Santana SP MIN 3 days 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.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 1 week ago

Santana (suspension) will start games in extended spring training and then move to Triple-A Rochester prior to getting activated from his suspension in early July, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

Santana has thrown a few bullpens in Fort Myers and will throw live batting practice next week. He will not be eligible to return until the Jul. 4 game in Kansas City. It would make sense for the Twins to bring him back on the road, considering the home fans would likely show some animosity toward Santana after he was suspended 80 games after signing a four-year, $54 million deal this offseason.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 months ago

Santana was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for Stanozolol, an anobolic steroid, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.

Santana was acquired by the Twins as a free agent in the offseason, inking a four-year deal with the club. His debut with his new team will be delayed for approximately half the season with the suspension, and the issue severely limits his fantasy value for the 2015 season.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 months ago

Santana is in line to start Minnesota's home opener April 13, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He gave up one run over four innings Monday with two walks with three strikeouts in a Triple-A game.

Santana is having a strong spring against major league competition with a 3.38 ERA and 8:2 K:BB ratio in eight innings. He'll likely start the second game of the season at Detroit and then make his next start in the home opener.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 3 months ago

Santana threw two scoreless innings in his Minnesota spring debut Sunday with three strikeout and no walks.

Santana gave up two hits as he looked sharp in an early spring outing. He's set to slot as Minnesota's No. 2 starter when the season begins.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 6 months ago

Santana has agreed to a four-year, $54 million contract with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Twins needed starting pitching and Santana's 8.2 K/9 rate from last season will be a welcome addition to a staff that has lacked velocity. He's also struggled by giving up more than a home run per nine innings in his career, so a move to Target Field can't hurt.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 7 months ago

Santana will not accept the $15.3 million qualifying offer extended to him by the Braves, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Santana has elected to go the route of free agency after posting a 3.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 2014. He made the same move last season, but only ended up with a one-year, $14.1 million deal. The 31-year-old will take his chances again in free agency, though it's hard to see him receiving a long-term deal from anyone.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 7 months ago

The Braves officially extended Santana a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday.

For the second consecutive year, Santana has been extended a qualifying bid, and while his numbers regressed significantly in 2014 (3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), he figures to again turn the offer down and take his chances on the open market. Santana earned $14.1 million with the Braves this past season, and while the added draft pick compensation that will be attached to him may make things tricky yet again, it seems likely some pitching-needy time will end up caving and giving him a multi-year deal.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 8 months ago

Santana allowed four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five over 5.2 innings, but came away with a no-decision as the Braves downed Philadelphia 5-4 Friday night.

He finishes his season with 14 wins and a decent 3.95 ERA, but that has come with somewhat frustrating inconsistency, including a lackluster 4.81 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 8 months ago

Santana largely struggled through five frames Sunday afternoon, allowing five earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four in a loss to the Mets.

Santana has been mostly underwhelming here in the last month of the regular season, as the veteran right-hander is now 1-3 with a lofty 6.55 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across four starts in September. Santana will look to reverse course and end his 2014 campaign on a high note Friday night in Philadelphia.