Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 2 Hrs

Carlos Santana launched a two-run homer Friday against the Blue Jays.

It was his first of the season. Santana came into Friday's action in a 1-for-27 funk and has been nursing a sore left groin, so hopefully the home run is a sign of brighter days ahead.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 15 Hrs

Carlos Santana is nursing a sore left groin.

Santana revealed after Wednesday's game that he had the injury as he sat in his locker with his left thigh wrapped. He played third base on Thursday, though he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. In a 1-for-27 funk at the plate and now dealing with an injury, it's probably a good time for Santana to get a day or two off.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 1 Day

Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts versus the Tigers on Thursday.

Santana isn't hitting, but this is the first day strikeouts have been the problem; he had eight in 14 games coming in. The Indians might try dropping him in the lineup until he gets going, though that's not really Terry Francona's style. He'll surely starting hitting eventually.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 25 Days

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Carlos Santana will be the club's third baseman.

Francona also said that it will not be a platoon situation with Lonnie Chisenhall, so it appears that Santana will get most of the playing time there, at least initially. He'll also serve as the backup catcher to Yan Gomes, who only figures to gain more momentum in fantasy leagues with this news. Chisenhall will likely start at third base when Santana catchers, but will otherwise receives at-bats as the designated hitter or as a pinch-hitter.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 1 Month

Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 in the Indians' 13-3 loss to the Athletics on Wednesday.

Santana's Cactus League average is a meager .154. When he has made contact, though, it has been with authority as his six hits include two doubles and two homers. Given the small sample, it shouldn't be a worry.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 1 Month

Carlos Santana blasted his second home run of the Cactus League season, powering the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs on Sunday.

Santana finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, raising his average to .188 (6-for-32) in the process. He got the start at third base again in this one, but it remains unclear if he'll be the Tribe's primary option there once the season begins.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 1 Month

Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Wednesday against the Padres.

Santana, playing at third base again, hit a two-run home run off of Tyson Ross in the first inning. He also made a nifty defensive play at the hot corner after recent reports slagged his performance there. As long as Santana is in the lineup, he'll hit regardless of what position he plays.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 1 Month

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Carlos Santana has looked "stiff and uncomfortable" while playing third base during Cactus League play.

Hoynes adds that in practice Santana "didn't look like a catcher trying to play third base," but so far in Cactus League games "that's exactly what he looks like." It's looking like Santana will probably only wind up being a backup plan at the hot corner, which is good news for Lonnie Chisenhall. Santana will still see everyday at-bats in the DH spot and will also play some at catcher and first base.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 2 Months

Carlos Santana will make his Cactus League debut at third base on Thursday.

Santana received positive reviews playing third base in winter ball, but the Indians want to see him play the position during the spring before making a decision on his role for 2014. If he can stick at the position, the Indians will move ahead with Yan Gomes as their full-time catcher and will have some flexibility out of the DH spot.

Carlos Santana C/1B/.. CLE 2 Months

MLB.com's Jordan Bastian says Carlos Santana "looked comfortable" during a third base drill Monday.

Santana played third base in winter ball and will be tried there throughout the spring to see if he can handle the position. Gaining eligibility at the hot corner would be a huge boost to the 27-year-old's already-lofty fantasy value. He hit .268/.377/.455 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI in 154 games last season for the Indians.