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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / LAA
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Ervin Santana (finger) threw a 35-pitch live side session on Friday.
Jorge Polanco stood in the batter's box and took a few swings. Santana could be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week if he reports back Saturday with no discomfort. The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list all season following February surgery on his right middle finger. Jun 22 - 5:21 PM

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Ervin Santana (finger) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

Santana worked in his entire arsenal and apparently felt good. He'll now advance to facing live hitters on Friday and could begin another minor league rehab assignment soon after. The veteran right-hander has been out all season following a February capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger.
Jun 19 - 5:36 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) played catch Thursday.

He's slated to resume throwing off a mound next Thursday. Santana got pulled off his minor league rehab assignment last week after experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired right middle finger.
Jun 8 - 5:32 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) could resume throwing on Thursday.

Santana got pulled off his minor league rehab assignment last week after experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired right middle finger, but he was examined this week by the doctor who performed that surgery in February and no new damage was found. Still, there's no real timetable for Santana's return to the Twins' starting rotation. It could be another month.
Jun 5 - 1:44 PM

Ervin Santana has been pulled off his minor league rehab assignment due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired right middle finger.

Santana had allowed three runs through two rehab starts covering just 5 1/3 innings and he struggled badly with his command on Tuesday at High-A Fort Myers. The veteran right-hander has been out all season and there is no longer a timetable for his season debut with Minnesota. He'll pay another visit to his finger surgeon this week to try and hatch out a plan.
May 30 - 5:51 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) allowed a run on two hits and a walk over 3 1/3 innings in his second minor league rehab start Tuesday at High-A Fort Myers.

Santana was lifted with a pitch count of 59. He hit a batter and threw a wild pitch, and maybe more concerning than the wildness is that his fastball sat in the 88-89 mph range. That pitch averaged 92.9 mph in 2017. The 35-year-old right-hander figures to make another couple rehab starts before the Twins consider inserting him into their rotation. He's been out all year following February surgery on his right middle finger.
May 29 - 8:07 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) will make his next rehab start Tuesday with High-A Fort Myers.

Santana allowed two runs on four hits (including a homer) over two innings last Wednesday in his first rehab start with Double-A Chattanooga. His velocity was lacking, so the Twins are moving him down a level as he gets his strength back. Santana is coming back from a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger in February. He likely still needs multiple starts in the minors before being a realistic option to join the Twins' rotation.
May 29 - 10:09 AM

Ervin Santana (finger) is scheduled to throw around 60 pitches in his first minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Chattanooga.

He will then advance to a 75-pitch outing May 28 at Triple-A Rochester. One more rehab start will likely follow, though it hasn't been determined where that will be. Santana has been out all season after requiring a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger in early February. He could eventually carry some mixed-league fantasy value, but there are still some hurdles to clear.
May 22 - 5:31 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) will make a start in extended spring training on Tuesday.

Santana is slated to throw 60 pitches in what is his first game action since he had a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger in early February. He'll begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers after that. Santana seems to be progressing toward a mid-June return.
May 18 - 5:45 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) threw live batting practice Monday.

It's his first time facing hitters since he had a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger in early February. The hope is that Santana will be ready for extended spring training games next week and a rehab assignment not long after that. It's looking like mid-June is probably the target for his return.
May 14 - 5:07 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) will throw live batting practice Monday.

He'll then throw another batting practice session Thursday before making a start at extended spring training on May 21. His first rehab start is scheduled for May 26, in which he's expected to throw four innings or 60 pitches. Given the timeline, it'll be June before he's back, but not too far into June. Santana hasn't pitched at all this year after requiring a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger in early February.
May 12 - 6:58 PM

Twins transferred RHP Ervin Santana to the 60-day disabled list.

Santana is still working his way back from a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger near the beginning of training camp, so this move is mostly procedural. He's begun to throw bullpen sessions as he progresses toward a rehab assignment, but that's still off in the future.
May 5 - 4:15 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) was scheduled to throw a 15-pitch bullpen session Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.

Twins manager Paul Molitor hadn't heard a review of the workout when he spoke to the media on Tuesday night, though he did note that it would be a fastball-only session. Santana has been out all season after requiring a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger back in early February.
May 1 - 7:09 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Ervin Santana (finger) is "getting close" to throwing a bullpen session.

Santana began a throwing program nearly two weeks ago and is almost ready for mound work. He had a debridement procedure on his right middle finger back in early February and will need a handful of rehab starts before being activated, so his return is obviously not imminent.
Apr 23 - 4:38 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Ervin Santana (finger) will begin a throwing program Wednesday in Fort Myers.

Santana was cleared after a follow-up with team doctors. The veteran right-hander underwent a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger back in early February. He essentially needs to go through his own spring training to get stretched out for joining the Twins' rotation, so a return is likely at least a month away.
Apr 10 - 5:22 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Mitch Garver
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Jorge Polanco
2Ehire Adrianza
3Taylor Motter
3B1Eduardo Escobar
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Max Kepler
2Ryan LaMarre
DH1Logan Morrison
2Robbie Grossman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Jose Berrios
3Lance Lynn
4Jake Odorizzi
5Kyle Gibson
6Fernando Romero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Addison Reed
3Taylor Rogers
4Trevor Hildenberger
5Ryan Pressly
6Zach Duke
7Matt Magill
8Matt Belisle