Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he sees Johan Santana strictly as a starter.

There has been speculation that Santana could be used as a reliever, but Showalter isn't planning on changing his role. Of course, it's far from a sure thing that the veteran southpaw will even make it back to the majors after his second shoulder capsule surgery, but he's not a bad lottery ticket.

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

Orioles signed LHP Johan Santana to a minor league contract.

Santana will be on the major league side of camp this spring with the Orioles, though he probably won't be appearing in any Grapefruit League games. He's on his way back from another major shoulder surgery and topped out at just 81 mph last week during a showcase for interested teams. This is a speculative add for the O's, who could use Santana as a starter or in relief once he's ready for major league competition.

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Johan Santana (shoulder) "could be used as a reliever once he's able to pitch."

It was Kubatko who reported earlier Monday that the Orioles "have an agreement in place" with Santana on a minor league deal. Santana would surely prefer to be used as a starter, but he's probably willing to do just about anything to make it back to the majors. The left-hander missed all of last season following a second major shoulder surgery. Projecting any sort of timetable for Santana is probably a fruitless exercise, but Kubatko says the left-hander "may be at least a few months away."

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are nearing a minor league contract with Johan Santana.

Santana was in Orioles camp on Monday working out the details. He topped out at 81 mph during a throwing session for teams last Tuesday, so the O's will likely keep him at extended spring training when they head north for the regular season and hope he can become a valuable asset at some point during the summer. Santana, 34, is recovering from a second major shoulder surgery.

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

Free agent starter Johan Santana was spotted leaving the Orioles' spring training complex on Monday.

It's possible that he was there for a workout. Or maybe even a physical. Santana topped out at just 81 mph during a recent throwing showcase for teams, but the 34-year-old would still make sense as a flier for the O's on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. He's on his way back from another major shoulder surgery.

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox weren't one of the teams to attend Johan Santana's throwing session Tuesday.

Seven teams did attend the workout, including the Orioles and Twins, among others. It was said that Santana topped out at 81 mph during the session, so it's clear he's got some work to do before he'll be able to help a team. If and when he does, it seems the Red Sox aren't likely to be that organization.

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles were one of the teams that attended Johan Santana's (shoulder) throwing session Tuesday.

Santana was sitting mostly in the upper 70s, but apparently the O's could still be interested in him on a minor league deal. The veteran left-hander is clearly a ways away from being ready to face major league hitters, and it's far from a given that he'll ever get back to that point.

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, Johan Santana (shoulder) topped out at 81 mph during his throwing session Tuesday.

Santana mostly worked between 77-78 mph while mixing in his changeup. The veteran southpaw is still in the process of rebuilding strength after his second shoulder capsule surgery, but the lack of velocity is obviously discouraging. The Yankees were among seven teams in attendance Tuesday, but Santana obviously isn't close to major-league ready.

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins were among "a few teams" in attendance at Johan Santana's bullpen session Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.

Santana appeared pleased with how things went, as he wrote on his Twitter account that "today was a very good day off the mound" and that he's "getting better." The southpaw isn't expected to be ready to return to the majors until late May or June and will likely have to settle for a minor league contract.

Johan Santana SP BAL 2 Months

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that at least three American League teams are showing interest in free agent southpaw Johan Santana.

Santana has been throwing bullpen sessions on his own, and is currently targeting a June return to the big leagues. The Twins have maintained steady interest throughout the offseason, but it's unclear at the moment who the other two interested parties may be.