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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / LAA
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Ervin Santana (back) played catch and worked on his mechanics Saturday.
He's expected to follow the same routine Sunday before throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. Santana is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday against the White Sox. That might be a tad optimistic but Santana seems to be moving in the right direction. Apr 30 - 6:02 PM

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Ervin Santana (back) will throw on flat ground Saturday.

It will be the first time he's thrown since landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The hope is that Santana won't be on the DL long, although obviously he's not terribly close to a return.
Apr 29 - 5:40 PM

Twins placed RHP Ervin Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

Santana had to be scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Nationals due to back spasms and hasn't made much progress, though this is believed to be a minor issue. Minnesota also lost starter Kyle Gibson to a shoulder strain on Tuesday. Top starting pitching prospect Jose Berrios will be called up Wednesday to make his major league debut against the Indians.
Apr 26 - 5:31 PM

Ervin Santana (back) is not certain to make his next start.

Santana was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to back stiffness. Twins manager Paul Molitor said that the veteran right-hander was "feeling a lot better" on Monday, but he has yet to test his back by throwing. More should be known in the next couple of days.
Apr 25 - 8:17 PM

Ervin Santana was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to back stiffness.

Tyler Duffey will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start in his place. Santana isn't expected to require a trip to the disabled list and should be ready to make his next scheduled start.
Apr 23 - 12:28 PM

Ervin Santana gave up five runs -- two earned -- over five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Brewers.

Milwaukee struck for two runs in the top of the first and another three in the fifth, with Santana getting very little help from his defense in the afternoon tilt at Target Field. The right-hander escaped with a no-decision because the Twins mounted a late rally before the Brewers answered in the ninth to win 6-5. Santana will carry a 3.15 ERA into his next start against the Nationals.
Apr 19 - 4:53 PM

Ervin Santana took a loss to the White Sox after allowing three runs in seven innings on Thursday.

Santana was making his third start in nine games after having his Opening Day outing cut short by rain. Two Twins (Tommy Milone and Ricky Nolasco) have yet to make their second starts. Santana has a 3.00 ERA through 15 innings. Despite the 0-9 start, the rotation has been just fine thus far.
Apr 14 - 4:47 PM

Ervin Santana allowed just a two-run single by Reymond Fuentes over six innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday.

Santana was working on short rest after rain interrupted his Opening Day start. The Royals got to Santana in the second inning, but he managed to work his way out of jams in his final two innings of work. The veteran right-hander gave up six hits in all while striking out seven and walking a pair. Santana was solid down the stretch last year and could have some sneaky appeal as a matchup play in mixed leagues this season.
Apr 9 - 1:17 AM

The Twins shuffled their starting rotation for this weekend's series against the Royals.

Tommy Milone had been slated to start Friday's series-opener. Instead, it will be Opening Day starter Ervin Santana. Santana pitched just two innings on Monday before a rain delay ended his outing early. Following him against the Royals will be Milone on Saturday and Ricky Nolasco on Sunday.
Apr 6 - 4:09 PM

Ervin Santana allowed two hits and two walks over two frames but didn't allow a run before being pulled after a rain delay against the Orioles on Monday.

Santana had to pitch out of trouble in both innings but was able to do so with the help of a trio of strikeouts. That's when the rain hit, and the Twins elected not to put Santana back in. Santana showed nice velocity this spring and could be an underrated waiver wire add if he's still available in your league. He'll get the Royals this weekend.
Apr 4 - 9:06 PM

Ervin Santana struck out eight Rays in six scoreless innings as the Twins prevailed 6-1 on Friday.

Despite last year's half-season steroids suspension, Stanana was named the Twins' Opening Day starter this week. He doesn't project as well as either Phil Hughes or Kyle Gibson, but he does have the highest salary of the bunch, which counts for something. He's also had a nice spring, with a 1.13 ERA to date.
Mar 25 - 3:43 PM

Ervin Santana will start for the Twins on Opening Day against the Orioles.

Santana has a 1.80 ERA and seven strikeouts in 10 innings (three starts) this spring in the Grapefruit League. He's trying to right some wrongs in Minnesota after missing the first 80 games of the 2015 season following a positive PED test. The right-hander will make $13.5 million this year.
Mar 23 - 4:10 PM

Ervin Santana was perfect for three innings Thursday as the Twins beat the Red Sox 8-2.

Santana struck out three, and he's up to five scoreless innings for the spring. Assuming that he doesn't get busted for steroids this month, he'll open up as the Twins' No. 2 starter. He'll probably be rather fringy for fantasy purposes.
Mar 10 - 3:58 PM

Ervin Santana pitched well but couldn't quite earn the victory in Friday's loss to the Royals, surrendering two runs on four hits over seven innings.

Commendable work by Santana, but just not enough for the win in what eventually ended as a 3-1 Twins defeat. He struck out three and walked three on the evening. While he's done making starts in the regular season and closes out with a 4.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 82/36 K/BB ratio over 108 innings, there's a chance we see him again if the Twins can sneak into the postseason before the weekend's out. It will be all-hands-on-deck at that point. They currently sit 1.5 games back of the Astros for the final Wild Card spot, pending the outcome of Houston's Friday showdown with the Diamondbacks.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:28:00 PM

Ervin Santana limited the Tigers to a lone run over seven innings, picking up the win on Sunday.

Santana relented the run in his final inning on a Josh Wilson RBI double. It was one of six hits he allowed along with two walks and five strikeouts. The win keeps hope alive for the Twins, who came into the day trailing the Astros for the second AL Wild Card by 1.5 games. Santana has a 4.10 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP and a 79/33 K/BB ratio over 101 innings. He'll host the Royals in his final regular season start.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 04:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Miguel Sano
DH1Byung-ho Park
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Jose Berrios
6Tyler Duffey
7Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Trevor May
4Casey Fien
5Michael Tonkin
6Ryan Pressly
7Fernando Abad
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Tommy Milone