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Carlos Santana | Designated Hitter | #41

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
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Indians manager Terry Francona said that he's considering using Carlos Santana in right field this weekend in Philadelphia with the designated hitter spot not available.
Santana is out of the lineup on Friday, but he could give right field a shot on Saturday and/or Sunday. The 30-year-old did play the outfield a little bit in the minors but hasn't started a game there since 2008 when he was in A-ball. It could be an adventure. Apr 29 - 5:36 PM

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Carlos Santana clubbed a leadoff home run on Friday, powering the Indians to a 2-1 victory over Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

Santana was hitting out of the leadoff spot for the first time this season as manager Terry Francona wanted to shake things up in an effort to generate more offense. Santana also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-4 to raise his season slash to .200/.305/.440 to go along with his three homers and nine RBI.
Apr 22 - 10:26 PM

Carlos Santana is batting leadoff for the Indians on Friday.

Manager Terry Francona admitted in spring training that he was toying with the idea, and now he's putting it into practice. Santana has never batted leadoff before and is an unorthodox choice for the spot given his lack of speed, but he makes plenty of sense given his career .364 on-base percentage.
Apr 22 - 4:03 PM

Carlos Santana is getting his first start at first base Thursday against the Rays.

Mike Napoli will serve as the Indians' designated hitter in this one. Santana is hitting fifth and Napoli is hitting cleanup versus Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Apr 14 - 11:18 AM

Carlos Santana belted a three-run homer on Wednesday against the Red Sox.

The slugger had gotten off to poor starts in 2014 and 2015, but he has come out swinging a hot bat this year. He collected a couple of hits on Wednesday, highlighted by a three-run blast to center field. The Indians will need Santana to carry the load in the middle of the batting order until Michael Brantley (shoulder) can return to bolster the lineup.
Apr 6 - 10:16 PM

Carlos Santana was scratched from Sunday's lineup with mild back soreness.

The Indians don't think it's a big deal. Consider Santana day-to-day.
Mar 20 - 1:50 PM

Carlos Santana was sent home Wednesday due to illness.

The Indians don't want more of their players and coaches getting sick, so they are just playing things safe. Santana should be good to go in the next day or two.
Mar 16 - 1:33 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Tuesday that Carlos Santana will probably not bat leadoff this season.

Francona has been intrigued with the idea due to Santana's on-base skills and asked the club's analytics department to do a study on whether the plan was likely to work. "I thought, statistically," Francona said, "it would really lean more towards him like [a leadoff man] than maybe even I thought, and it really didn't. I don't think it was a bad idea, but I don't think it was like a runaway, 'Oh, you've got to do this.' Some of the power numbers may be where you're maybe losing out by doing that a little bit, but I still think his on-base is [good]. But, you know what? You get on base anywhere. It's never going to hurt." While Tito's comments don't definitively shoot down the thought of Santana hitting leadoff, it sounds like we can probably count on him hitting cleanup in 2016.
Mar 1 - 9:13 PM

Carlos Santana homered Tuesday in the Indians' Cactus League opener against the Reds.

It was a second-inning solo shot off Reds right-hander Jon Moscot. Santana struck out in his other at-bat before getting replaced at first base in the fifth inning by Jesus Aguilar. The veteran slugger will be looking to jump out to a hot start in 2016 after batting just .221/.353/.382 in the first half of 2015. He finished with a career-worst .752 OPS. There is talk of Santana hitting leadoff at times for the Tribe this season. He was at cleanup on Tuesday in Goodyear, Arizona.
Mar 1 - 6:29 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that he's considering hitting Carlos Santana leadoff.

It's unconventional because Santana can't run, but the 29-year-old boasts a career .365 on-base percentage and only Joey Votto has drawn more walks over the last five seasons. "The one thing I've thought about is Santana leading off," said Francona. "It's only a thought. Because of his skill set, I think he'd be one of the best leadoff hitters in the game. I know it's a little unique. Maybe out of the box, and you've got to have somebody who can hit cleanup." We'll have to see whether Francona experiments with Santana in the leadoff spot during spring training. From a fantasy perspective, obviously it would help his potential for scoring runs but hurt his ability to drive them in. The favorite to hit in the leadoff spot for the Indians on Opening Day is probably Rajai Davis.
Feb 23 - 9:07 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona will sit down with Carlos Santana on Monday to discuss his role this season.

He mostly played first base last year but the addition of Mike Napoli has complicated things. Santana doesn't sound too thrilled about the prospect of serving as the team's primary DH. "I don't like to play DH too much, because I like staying in the game," said Santana. "I think I'm too young for that." Santana has played catcher and third base in the past. Francona has also hinted he could see time in the outfield.
Feb 20 - 8:21 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona hinted Carlos Santana could play in the outfield this season.

Santana has seen time at catcher and third base in the past but last year he was limited to only playing first base. Though Santana will still get most of his reps at first, it's possible he could make a few outfield cameos with Michael Brantley (torn labrum) sidelined for the first month. Infielders Michael Martinez, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez could also fill in at outfield if needed.
Feb 13 - 9:11 PM

Carlos Santana revealed Sunday that he's been bothered by a back injury all season.

The first baseman added that he asked Indians manager Terry Francona not to reveal the ailment in public. The injury would help explain why Santana's power has been down this season, as he enters play Sunday with a career-low .397 slugging percentage and just 19 homers after tying his career high with 27 bombs in 2014. Santana's back should be fine after an offseason of rest.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 02:33:00 PM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a three-run double, two walks and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Red Sox.

Santana opened the scoring in Friday's contest, unloading for a three-run double off Red Sox starter Henry Owens in the third inning. The three ribbies pushed his season RBI total to 84. With two games left in the 2015 season, he's slashing .230/.356/.388 with 18 homers, plus the 84 driven in.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 10:26:00 PM

Carlos Santana went 1-for-5 with a two-run triple and three total RBI in Saturday's win over the Royals.

Santana rocked a first inning triple to score two runs against Royals starter Kris Medlen. He would later add an RBI fielder's choice in the sixth inning. The other three at-bats? All strikeouts. For the season, the 29-year-old slugger is slashing .234/.361/.397 with 18 homers, 80 RBI and two triples.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 10:52:00 PM

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CF1Tyler Naquin
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RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
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