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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ervin Santana brought some of his better stuff to the party in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Astros, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.
Santana struck out 10 and did not issue a free pass on the afternoon. The 10 strikeouts represented a season-high. He desperately needed a strong start like this. In his first four outings after returning from a PED suspension, he held a 2.60 ERA. That's jumped to 5.40 in the seven starts since. These same Astros will be the opponent next he toes the rubber, though the game will be in Houston for that affair. Aug 30 - 5:24 PM

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Ervin Santana allowed five runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Rays on Tuesday.

The start was another disappointing one for Santana, who has now allowed four runs or more in five of his last six starts. He still hasn't won since July 23, despite taking a no-decision in Tuesday's affair. Santana will look to get back in the win column Sunday against the Astros.
Aug 25 - 11:16 PM

Ervin Santana pitched into the eighth inning in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, allowing four runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The overall numbers (seven hits, four earned runs) aren't eye-popping, but Santana actually pitched quite well. Greg Bird hit a pair of two-run homers against the pitcher to account for all four runs. Santana struck out six, walked two and will carry a 5.53 ERA and 1.43 WHIP into his next outing, a road start against the A's.
Aug 19 - 3:48 PM

Ervin Santana pitched poorly in a Thursday no-decision against the Rangers, surrendering five runs on eight hits over six innings.

Santana struck out just one while walking two. The Rangers scored two runs against him in the fourth and another three in the fifth. Three of his last four starts have been absolute stinkers and he's now allowed 24 runs in his last 20 innings. He'll take a 5.66 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into his next start, a road outing against the Yankees.
Aug 13 - 4:12 PM

Ervin Santana struggled early and often in Saturday's loss to the Indians, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings.

Santana allowed two runs in each of the first two innings before being chased during a four-run third. He's now made seven starts for the Twins since returning from an 80-game PED suspension, the first four of which were solid outings. The last three have not been, as he's surrendered 19 runs in his last 14 innings. He's scheduled for a home outing against these same Indians next time he toes the rubber, though preferably not with repeated results.
Aug 8 - 11:05 PM

Ervin Santana gave up three earned runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Santana allowed six hits and three walks in the tough afternoon outing at Rogers Centre. He had been fairly sharp in his first four outings since returning from an 80-game PED suspension, but his last two turns in the Twins' rotation have not gone well. The 32-year-old right-hander now stands 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA.
Aug 3 - 3:53 PM

Ervin Santana was blasted for eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Pirates.

Yikes. Santana entered the afternoon outing with a 2.60 ERA in four starts since returning from his PED suspension and he left it with a 3.78 ERA. The 32-year-old right-hander will try to get back on track next week in a road outing against the Blue Jays.
Jul 29 - 4:57 PM

Ervin Santana picked up his first win of the year by shutting out the Athletics for 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

Santana struck out just one batter tonight, but the A's still couldn't get anything going against him. It doesn't help that they still have the black hole known as Billy Butler still sitting in the middle of their order. Santana has a 3.86 ERA in three starts since returning from his steroids suspension. He's not a particularly good bet it mixed leagues going forward.
Jul 18 - 1:05 AM

Ervin Santana struggled in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, allowing six runs on eight hits in just four innings of work.

All of the runs scored off of him came via the long ball, with Victor Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez all leaving the yard. After a dominant first start with the Twins, he came crashing back to Earth in his one, and will carry a 6.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 13/6 K/BB ratio into the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 11:37 PM

Ervin Santana was almost untouchable in Sunday's no-decision against the Royals, striking out eight and allowing just two runs on three hits over eight innings in the team's 3-2 loss.

Given that Santana had been sitting on the restricted list for his use of performance-enhancing drugs over the last 80 games, few could have expected him to come roaring out in mid-season form. That he did, though, that he did. After eight innings, Santana had thrown just 93 pitches. He posted sub-4.00 ERAs in each of his last two seasons and mixed league formats would do well to consider him as a pickup if he's floating out there.
Jul 5 - 4:39 PM

Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the restricted list.

Santana has finally finished serving his 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. He will make his Twins debut on Sunday against the Royals. He was terrific in three minor league rehab starts with Triple-A Rochester, registering a 1.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 11/4 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings. He's worth a look in any mixed leagues where he remains available.
Jul 4 - 8:32 AM

Ervin Santana will make his Twins debut on July 5 versus the Royals.

Santana is eligible to return from his PED suspension on July 4, but the Twins have lined him up to take the ball a day later. The veteran right-hander holds a 2.84 ERA and 6/4 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings across two starts for Triple-A Rochester as he gears up to join the big club next weekend.
Jun 28 - 9:24 AM

Ervin Santana allowed just one run over five innings Saturday in his first start at Triple-A Rochester.

Santana yielded only five hits and struck out three before exiting at 88 pitches. It was a positive debut outing from the $55 million right-hander, who is eligible to return from his PED suspension on July 4. He's worth stashing now in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Jun 20 - 9:44 PM

Ervin Santana will make a start for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.

It will be the first of three outings as Santana gears up for a return early next month. He's eligible for activation from his PED suspension on July 4 and Twins manager Paul Molitor said the righty's results in the minor league starts don't really matter. "I would think that if his starts go well in terms of health, and not so much results," Molitor said, "when it’s time for him to come here and pitch, that’s what’s going to happen."
Jun 17 - 8:55 AM

Ervin Santana threw 60 pitches in a live batting practice session on Friday without any issues.

He'll throw again this weekend before heading to extended spring training to start working in live game action. He's in line to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester in mid-June before rejoining the Twins when his suspension is up in July.
May 29 - 8:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Shane Robinson
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Torii Hunter
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Blaine Boyer
4Casey Fien
5Brian Duensing
6Neal Cotts
7Kyle Gibson
8Trevor May
9Ryan O'Rourke
10Ryan Pressly