Ervin Santana SP MIN 8 hours ago

Santana (1-4) pitched seven strong innings in Monday's loss against Oakland, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Santana threw a quality start, but he didn't have enough support from the offense to get a better result. The veteran righty saw his ERA lower to 4.13, and this outing was certainly a step in the right direction after allowing six runs on 3.2 frames the last time out. His next start will come against the Rays at home Saturday.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 6 days ago

Santana (1-3) allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts over just 3.2 innings in Tuesday's loss to Kansas City.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Santana had allowed just three runs in 14 innings over his past two starts. He gave up just his fourth home run in eight starts, a two-run shot by Salvador Perez, but his downfall was a fourth inning in which he allowed four hits and a walk. Santana's ERA rose to 4.17 as his inconsistency is costing him -- he has failed to make it through four innings three times in eight starts.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Santana delivered eight impressive innings Thursday, limiting the Jays to just two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts, but didn't receive a decision.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The game ended up taking 11 innings to decide after Santana and Marco Estrada dueled to a draw over the first eight frames, so both starters went unrewarded for their strong efforts. Santana's now delivered two strong outings in a row on the heels of a pair of rough starts, but it's hard to expect anything but regression -- after all, his 1.34 WHIP doesn't match up at all with his 3.13 ERA, and even though he's seen an uptick in strikeouts, Santana also owns his worst walk rate since 2007 at 3.38 BB/9. Expect an ERA closer to four than three by the time the book's closed on this campaign.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Santana gave up one run over six innings with five strikeouts and one walk to earn his first win of the season Saturday against Cleveland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Santana gave up three runs and had three walks in 3.3 innings in his first start back from the DL from a back injury, but was much improved in his second outing. Hopefully his back issues are behind him and he can stay in a groove in his next scheduled start Thursday against Toronto.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Santana (0-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.1 innings to take the loss Saturday at the White Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In his return from the disabled list, Santana struggled to keep runners off the basepaths in a game the Twins would go on to lose. Despite the rough outing, he's held opponents to three or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts, and his ERA is now at 3.86. He'll make his next start Friday at the Indians.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 4 weeks ago

The Twins activated Santana (back) from the disabled list Friday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Santana is set to resume pitching after taking a couple weeks off to give his sore back some rest. While he is back on the active roster, he will officially rejoin the rotation Saturday against the White Sox, a team that scored three runs off him over seven innings when the teams faced off April 14.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 4 weeks 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.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 1 month 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.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 1 month 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.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 1 month 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.