10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 days ago

Santiago (shoulder) will start against the Red Sox on Tuesday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minnesota Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago has been out since June 6 with a muscle strain in his left shoulder, but looked like his normal self during his rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Rochester. The Twins will give the southpaw roughly 75 pitches for Tuesday's game and then extend his pitch count over the next couple starts before letting him loose.

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
5 days ago

Santiago (shoulder) tossed three scoreless innings in a minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, MLB.com reports. He struck out two and walked two.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago's velocity was where it should be and he was able to use all of his pitches, so hit's possible his next start will be with the big club if everything checks out. He's expected to fly with the team to Cleveland on Friday, at which point a decision will be made about his next step. The 29-year-old owns a 5.26 ERA and 47:28 K:BB through 65 innings this season (13 appearances, 12 starts).

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
1 week ago

Santiago (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins initially left the door open for Santiago to come off the disabled list and rejoin the rotation this week, but after assessing his health following a 45-pitch bullpen session Saturday, the organization determined it was in the lefty's best interest to make a cameo in the minors before being activated. Assuming Santiago's shoulder checks out fine following the start, he'll likely displace fifth starter Nik Turley in the Twins rotation the following week.

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
1 week ago

Santiago (shoulder) threw his second bullpen in three days on Saturday and could be activated from the DL to start Thursday against the White Sox, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins had debated whether to move Santiago to the bullpen, but it sounds like he'll return as a starter given how the back end of the rotation has struggled.

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
1 week ago

Santiago (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday and could go on a rehab assignment before returning from the DL, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago felt fine after throwing 31 pitches Thursday, but he still seems to have a couple hurdles in his way before he can make a full return to the team. News has also surfaced that the Twins are considering moving Santiago into a bullpen role when he's activated, which would severely deter the southpaw's value given his low strikeout rates and recent regression. No official word has come out on this, although things certainly seem to be trending downward for Santiago.

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
2 weeks ago

Santiago (shoulder) will not start one of the games in Saturday's doubleheader with the Indians, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

A glimmer of hope emerged after the southpaw got through a throwing session Thursday unscathed, but the Twins opted to give him extra rest before inserting him back in the rotation. Instead, Minnesota will deploy Adam Wilk and Adalberto Mejia against Cleveland for the twin bill. No word has come forth as to how close Santiago is to returning following this development.

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
2 weeks ago

Santiago (shoulder) threw a bullpen session without issue Thursday and is still in the running to start Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Prior reports noted that manager Paul Molitor didn't expect the southpaw to be ready for action by the time the weekend rolled around, although Thursday's outing seems to have brought his name back into consideration. Adalberto Mejia is expected to take one game of Saturday's doubleheader, and if Santiago is unable to pitch, minor-leaguer Chris Heston is a candidate to fill in during this turn of the rotation. Santiago's status for this weekend should become known once he's checked over Friday and Saturday.

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
2 weeks ago

Santiago (shoulder) is not expected to return Saturday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The lefty was hoping to get the green light to return this weekend, but apparently he failed to convince the team he's ready to return as manager Paul Molitor described Santiago as a "long shot" for the upcoming doubleheader. Minnesota could turn to recent waiver acquisition Chris Heston to start the second game of Saturday's twin bill.

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
2 weeks ago

Santiago (shoulder) will throw long toss Tuesday and said he could start as soon as Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago was placed on the 10-day DL on June 7 with shoulder inflammation, but an MRI showed no additional damage. It seems like a stretch he could return this week, so watch his status after his throwing session Tuesday. However, it sounds like he's making progress.

10DHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 weeks ago

Thursday's MRI revealed a muscle strain in Santiago's pitching shoulder, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw is already on the disabled list due to a left shoulder injury, and Thursday's MRI confirmed the team's expectation that he is dealing with a strain. Miller adds that the muscle strain is located on the back of Santiago's shoulder. There's still no firm timetable for Santiago's return at this point, which makes the recently claimed Chris Heston a possible rotation stop-gap for the time being.