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Santiago (thumb) will return to the rotation Monday against Cleveland, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Santiago missed a start due to a bruised thumb. Minnesota's plans for the rotation in Cleveland remain in flux so it's possible he could be moved back a day if he's still sore Sunday. Santiago has struggled since he was traded to Minnesota with 23 runs allowed in four starts.
DTDHector SantiagoSP MIN 2 days ago
Santiago (thumb) is on track to rejoin the Twins' rotation Wednesday against the Indians, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
Santiago had his last start skipped due to his thumb injury, but it appears the setback will only cost him the lone outing. Santiago will likely throw a bullpen session or two prior to his next start in order to determine if there are any lingering issues.
DTDHector SantiagoSP MIN 3 days ago
Santiago will have his next start skipped as he deals with a bruised thumb.
It's unclear when Santiago sustained the injury, but he was lit up in his last start to the tune of eight runs and 11 hits over 4.2 innings -- his second straight start surrendering at least seven runs in fewer than five innings -- so it may have been a lingering issue that he's been dealing with. Pat Dean will slot into the rotation and start Friday in his place, and it's unclear as of now if Santiago will be forced to miss more than just one turn through the rotation.
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Santiago gave up eight runs on 11 hits, including three home runs over 4.2 innings, in Saturday's loss to Kansas City. He didn't walk a batter, but trying to reduce his high walk rate may be altering his performance. "That aggressive mentality where I let it fly and kind attack the hitters, I have a little blockage in there right now where I'm trying to control the zone and make everything over the plate," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Santiago has been terrible since he was traded to Minnesota with 23 runs allowed in four starts. He has just three walks in 19 innings over that span, but has given up seven home runs.
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Santiago (10-7) allowed seven runs on nine hits while striking out two over four innings to take the loss Sunday against the Royals.
Santiago has struggled mightily since joining the Twins, as he's allowed 15 earned runs in 14.1 innings over three starts to raise his ERA from 4.25 to 4.80 on the year. He currently owns the highest ERA of any season in his six-year career. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Royals.
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Santiago (10-6) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 5.1 innings in a loss Tuesday to the Astros.
Santiago has allowed eight runs on 12 hits over 10.1 innings in his short Twins career. He was tagged for a two-run homer by Carlos Correa in the first inning, continuing his season-long issue with the gopher ball. He has now allowed 24 homers in 132 innings in 2016 after serving up 29 in 180.2 innings last season. He managed a 3.59 ERA last season, but unless he can figure out how to keep the ball in the ballpark, he's going to struggle to improve upon his current 4.47 ERA in 2016.
DTDHector SantiagoSP MIN 3 weeks ago
Santiago (10-5) pitched five innings in his Twins debut, allowing four runs, five hits and two walks while striking out four in Thursday's loss to the Indians.
Santiago, who was acquired from the Angels on Monday, has always been plagued by controls issues and a high tendency to give up home runs. He put those faults on display for his new team when he was hurt by a pair of untimely walks and two homers. The left-hander has managed to become one of just 12 AL pitchers with double-digit wins, but he's been a bit fortunate considering he leads the AL in walks (59) and homers allowed (22). Due to his control problems, Santiago's pitch count gets up there quickly, limiting his average start to fewer than six innings over his 23 outings this year.
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Santiago was traded to the Twins on Monday for Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Santiago has performed better of late, but his high walk rate (11 percent) and HR/9 rate (1.5/9) makes him a volatile at best. He figures to slide straight into the Twins rotation after notching a 4.25 ERA over 22 starts with the Angels this season.
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Santiago (10-4) pitched five innings, allowing two runs, four hits and six walks while striking out six Red Sox in Saturday's win.
Santiago had to labor through a season-high 119 pitched to earn his career-high 10th win of 2016. The left-hander has now won six consecutive starts, posting a 1.78 ERA, all in the month of July. He's the first southpaw to go 6-0 in a calendar month since Andy Pettitte managed it for the Yankees in August of 2007.
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Santiago (9-4) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings in a win Monday over the Royals.
Santiago's winning streak is now extended to five games, dating back to July 2. After allowing 17 home runs in his first 16 starts, he has allowed just two in this stretch. If he can continue to keep the ball in the yard, he can enjoy a measure of success, but his career suggests this won't last. He owned a 1.3 HR/9 in 643 career innings entering Monday's start -- for context, of the 1,955 pitchers all-time to record at least 600 innings, only 80 have had a worse home run rate.