Ervin Santana SP MIN 1 day 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 5 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 month 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 3 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 3 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.