OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Santiago (back) is unlikely to return to the mound this season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago recently suffered a setback during his rehab assignment, and appears to have pitched his last game until spring training. The 29-year-old felt tightness in his lower back, and could use some time off to rest before pushing his body to return to the field.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Santiago (back) left his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester and flew to Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He is still feeling that tightness in his upper back," Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said. "So we're going to have a follow-up evaluation and announce the details of that one once we find out."

EDGE Analysis

It doesn't sound like Santiago will be able to return this season. Even if he does, he's pitched so poorly that the Twins are unlikely to use him in any significant role in a playoff race.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Santiago (back) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

This does not impact when Santiago will return to the big-league rotation, as he will be eligible in the coming days, it simply opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Niko Goodrum, whose contract was selected as a corresponding move. Santiago is expected to make another rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday and could return to the rotation at some point in September.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Santiago (back) is scheduled to make another rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago struggled with velocity in his last rehab start, topping out at just 86 mph according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, so he'll head back to Rochester for what will be his sixth rehab appearance since July 25 in an attempt to get back on track before rejoining the Twins. Santiago's possible return date remains up in the air at this point, but one will hopefully become clearer following his next rehab outing. Dillon Gee will continue to fill in for Santiago in the rotation while he's on the mend.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Santiago (back) will resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago has previously had his rehab assignment with Rochester shut down on two occasions, with the latter coming a little less than two weeks following four International League starts. The lefty received a cortisone shot to address inflammation in his back, and it appears the injection has eased any pain he was experiencing. After throwing a bullpen session last week without issue, Santiago will begin the rehab stint again, but may need multiple starts before being activated from the 10-day disabled list. It's unclear if the playoff-contending Twins would view Santiago as a starting option upon his return to the big club or if they would prefer to use him as a long reliever.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Santiago (back) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins pulled Santiago off his rehab assignment last week and gave him an injection to address the inflammation he had been experiencing in his back. It appears the shot has had its desired effect, as Santiago will be ready to take the mound again following a few days off for rest. If all goes well in the bullpen session Wednesday, Santiago will likely face hitters in batting practice over the weekend before restarting a rehab assignment Aug. 29. The left-hander could rejoin the Minnesota rotation at some point in September and aid in the team's push for a wild-card spot.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Santiago received a cortisone shot to address inflammation in his cervical area Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago, who was pulled from his rehab assignment earlier in the week, is aiming to resume throwing in 3-to-5 days, though that will likely depend on how he responds to treatment. An updated timetable for his return should come into focus once he is able to get back into his throwing program.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Santiago (back) was pulled from his rehab assignment because he is still experiencing pain, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Santiago underwent tests in Rochester on Monday, though the results still aren't known yet. The veteran remains without an updated timetable for his return, but one will likely come forth once his test results are disclosed. In the meantime, Kyle Gibson will continue to take his turn in the rotation while he remains on the shelf.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
3 months ago

Manager Paul Molitor said Santiago will likely need one more rehab start with Triple-A Rochester before rejoining the Twins' rotation, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wednesday was supposed to be Santiago's final rehab start, but after he allowed six walks in 4.1 innings, it appears the Twins may opt to send him back to Rochester for one final tuneup. If this turns out to be the case, his return to the big-league rotation would be pushed back to Aug. 20 against the Diamondbacks, and recently recalled Dietrich Enns would likely make another start in his place.

OUTHéctor Santiago
SP MIN
4 months ago

Santiago (back) will make his next rehab start Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins will keep Santiago down with Triple-A Rochester for one more start, and they will give him one additional day of rest between outings after he threw 92 pitches Thursday. As things stand now, Santiago appears in line to rejoin the Minnesota rotation Aug. 15 against the Indians.