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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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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

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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

Ervin Santana (finger) hopes to be cleared to resume a throwing program during a checkup in New York next week.

Santana's ability to grip a baseball has improved in recent days as he works his way back from February surgery on his right middle finger. The veteran hurler is at the two-month mark of his recovery and is going to need at least another month before rejoining the Twins' rotation.
Apr 6 - 10:00 AM

Ervin Santana (finger) still hasn't resumed throwing and may go for a follow-up exam on his surgically-repaired right middle finger.

Santana underwent a capsular release (debridement) procedure on the finger back in early February. The initial prognosis called for him to join the Twins' rotation around late April or early May, but that timetable can probably be scrapped now. The 35-year-old right-hander went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.126 WHIP, and 167/61 K/BB ratio in 211 1/3 innings last season for Minnesota.
Apr 5 - 1:06 PM

Twins placed RHP Ervin Santana on the 10-day disabled list with a right finger injury.

Santana needed a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger back in early February. The initial timetable called for a 10-12 week absence, and at last check he still hadn't gripped a baseball. We might not see him in the Twins' rotation until mid-to-late May.
Mar 29 - 9:32 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press writes that the swelling on Ervin Santana's right middle finger has gone down, but he's still unable to grip the baseball.

It probably goes without saying, but until he's able to grip the baseball, he's not going to be able to throw it. That means Santana can't start a throwing regimen until the swelling has completely subsided, and that makes a return anytime soon unlikely for the right-hander. We'll likely see Santana back on the mound for the Twins in May, at the earliest.
Mar 18 - 9:17 AM

Ervin Santana has begun doing strengthening exercises and rehab work for his surgically-repaired right middle finger.

Santana had the cast removed from his finger on Monday. He needed a procedure to remove a calcium deposit in early February and is likely to be sidelined until late April or early May. The 35-year-old right-hander went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.126 WHIP, and 167/61 K/BB ratio in 211 1/3 innings last season for Minnesota but makes for an iffy fantasy bet in 2018.
Mar 7 - 9:14 AM

Ervin Santana (finger) will have the cast removed from his right hand on Monday.

The appointment to have the cast removed had been slated for Friday, but it was pushed back a few days because of bad weather in New York. It's possible this could also push back Santana's timetable to return a couple days, although we're still a ways off from that. He's expected to miss the first month of action.
Mar 2 - 12:26 PM

Ervin Santana will wear a cast on his right hand for two weeks before being reevaluated.

Santana underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a calcium deposit from his right middle finger. He'll have a better idea about when he'll be able to resume throwing after having the cast removed, but the early estimates have him potentially missing the first month of the season. The Twins have added Jake Odorizzi and Anibal Sanchez in recent days, but they could still use more rotation help as they aim to build off their surprising 2017 showing.
Feb 19 - 4:07 PM

Ervin Santana is scheduled to travel to New York for a follow-up exam on his surgically repaired right hand.

Santana underwent a capsular release (debridement) procedure for the middle finger on his throwing hand last Tuesday. He's currently in a cast and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks. He could miss the first month of the 2018 season.
Feb 13 - 2:06 PM

Ervin Santana underwent surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand on Tuesday and will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks.

It was a capsular release (debridement) procedure performed by Dr. Charles Melone in New York. 10 weeks would mean mid-to-late April and 12 weeks would mean early May, so Santana is certain to begin the 2018 season on the disabled list. It's obviously tough news for the Twins, who might have picked the 35-year-old right-hander as their Opening Day starter. Santana went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.126 WHIP, and 167/61 K/BB ratio in 211 1/3 innings last season. He also started the 2017 American League Wild Card Game for Minnesota.
Feb 6 - 5:40 PM

Ervin Santana yielded four earned runs over just two innings Tuesday in the Twins' AL Wild Card Game loss to the Yankees.

Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Santana gave it all back on a Didi Gregorius three-run shot in the bottom of the first. He then surrendered a go-ahead solo homer to Brett Gardner in the bottom of the second and Jose Berrios took over in the bottom of the third. Santana will be back with the Twins in 2018 for the final year of a four-year, $55 million deal. He registered a cool 3.28 ERA over 33 starts during the 2017 regular season.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 12:07:00 AM

Ervin Santana will start for the Twins in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees.

Jose Berrios is the Twins' most dynamic starter, but Santana pitched better down the stretch and is probably the safer choice. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.28 ERA over 33 starts this season and tied for the major league lead with three shutouts. Berrios will be available in relief Tuesday.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 07:03:00 PM

Ervin Santana was lifted after throwing five scoreless innings Thursday against the Indians.

Santana will be on normal rest for the Wild Card Game, but the Twins still wanted to back off him today and opted to lift him after 57 pitches. He ended up pitching scoreless baseball for the ninth time in 33 starts this season. It was the first one of those games that the Twins didn't win, as the bullpen gave up five runs after he departed. Santana will head into the postseason 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 03:16:00 PM

Ervin Santana will start for the Twins in next week's AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium.

Santana was the obvious choice for Minnesota after turning in a 16-8 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 167/61 K/BB ratio over 211 1/3 innings during the regular season (including his start Thursday in Cleveland). He'll be matched up against Yankees right-hander Luis Severino in Tuesday's loser-goes-home tilt.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 01:30:00 PM

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2Jose Berrios
3Lance Lynn
4Jake Odorizzi
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PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
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