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Hector Santiago | Starting Pitcher | #53

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Okaloosa-Walton (FL) CC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 30 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Hector Santiago (back, shoulder) is not expected back this season.
The writing had been on the wall, as Santiago struggled with his velocity and results on a rehab assignment and has just never gotten over his back and shoulder injuries. A free agent this winter, Santiago will finish with a 5.61 ERA over 131 2/3 innings in his year and a half with the Twins. Fri, Sep 8, 2017 05:55:00 PM

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Twins transferred LHP Hector Santiago from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move effectively ends Santiago's season, as his velocity was down on a rehab assignment following a back injury. The Twins used the 40-man roster spot on Niko Goodrum.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 11:55:00 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Hector Santiago (back) has not shown the hoped-for velocity on his rehab assignment.

Santiago has made five rehab starts with Triple-A Rochester since late July, but was topping out at just 85 mph in his last outing. He will make another rehab start on Sunday as he tries to get himself back on the right track. At this point, it is unclear when he might be ready to rejoin the Twins.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 05:54:00 PM

Hector Santiago (back) allowed one run over 2 1/3 innings in a rehab appearance Tuesday with Triple-A Rochester.

Santiago walked two and gave up one hit -- a triple. The veteran left-hander has run into multiple setbacks in his recovery from a back injury, but the Twins could opt to activate him shortly after MLB rosters expand on September 1.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 08:10:00 PM

Hector Santiago (back) will resume his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Rochester.

Santiago reaggravated his back injury in mid-August, but a follow-up MRI showed only inflammation and he's feeling better now. The veteran left-hander has a 5.14 ERA and 18/12 K/BB ratio through four rehab appearances covering 14 innings. He holds a 5.63 ERA in 70 1/3 innings (14 starts, one relief appearance) this year with the Twins.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 02:35:00 PM

Hector Santiago's MRI revealed inflammation in his cervical area.

Santiago also received a cortisone injection in his neck, though the hope is that he'll resume throwing in 3-5 days. It looked like the left-hander was nearing a return from a back injury but was shut down after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester. Santiago hasn't won a start for the Twins since May 9.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 06:50:00 PM

Hector Santiago has been pulled off his minor league rehab assignment due to renewed back discomfort.

He'll undergo a new round of tests later this week. Santiago had registered a 5.14 ERA and 18/12 K/BB ratio through four rehab appearances covering 14 innings. We wouldn't expect to see him back in the majors before the end of August.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 05:50:00 PM

Hector Santiago (back) will make a fourth rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Rochester.

Santiago joined up with the Twins on Friday, but he'll head back to the minors for one final tuneup. The veteran left-hander has been on the disabled list for over a month with upper thoracic back pain and he holds a rough 5.63 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) this season for Minnesota.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 04:03:00 PM

Hector Santiago (back) has rejoined the Twins after completing a rehab assignment.

He hasn't officially been activated yet, and what role he'll fill remains to be seen. It's possible the Twins could add Santiago to their bullpen next week. He holds a 5.63 ERA over 15 appearances -- 14 starts -- for Minnesota this season.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 05:31:00 PM

Hector Santiago (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

He'll throw between 30 and 35 pitches on Tuesday. Santiago will need at least three minor league outings before he's ready to rejoin the Twins' starting rotation. Upper back inflammation has kept the left-hander out for the past few weeks.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 04:57:00 PM

Hector Santiago (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

He'll throw another one Friday assuming Tuesday's session goes off without a hitch. Santiago has been out for nearly all of July with an upper back issue but it would appear he might have a shot to return before the end of the month.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 05:38:00 PM

Hector Santiago (back) will "ramp up" his activity early in the Twins' upcoming homestand.

The Twins begin a six-game homestand Monday against the Yankees. He'll likely throw a few bullpen sessions before facing live hitters and eventually beginning a rehab assignment. The left-hander has spent the last couple weeks dealing with back inflammation.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 05:47:00 PM

An MRI on Hector Santiago's injured back only showed inflammation.

He's not dealing with any structural damage, which is obviously great news. Santiago won't throw again until after the All-Star break. For now, Felix Jorge will take Santiago's spot in the starting rotation.
Thu, Jul 6, 2017 06:15:00 PM

Hector Santiago (back) will undergo an MRI.

Santiago first reported back soreness after throwing in the pen on Tuesday. The MRI should shed light on the significance of the injury and how long it could potentially keep him out of action. At the very least, he will not make a start before the All-Star break. Felix Jorge could potentially toe the rubber in Santiago's place on Friday.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 05:44:00 PM

Twins placed LHP Hector Santiago on the 10-day disabled list with upper thoracic back pain.

Santiago will be out through the All-Star break, possibly longer, with this lingering back issue. He has a 9.96 ERA over his last eight appearances covering 28 innings. Alan Busenitz got the call up from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding 25-man roster move to work out of the Twins' bullpen.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 01:07:00 PM

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