Danny Santana filled a utility role last season after failing to win the starting shortstop job in 2015. He profiles best as a center fielder due to his speed but can play three infield positions in a pinch. However, his fielding proved inadequate at shortstop when pressed into regular duty. He struggles to make contact and doesn't walk. His .319 batting average in 2014 looks like a distant BABIP (.407) mirage. In the two seasons since, he has managed a combined .259 OBP in 525 plate appearances. He offers speed on the basepaths, but even that aspect of his game is trending in the wrong direction, as he was 12-for-21 (57 percent) on stolen-base attempts last season after swiping at a 78 percent clip in the previous two seasons. With Byron Buxton plugged in as the Twins' clear center fielder for the foreseeable future, Santana will have to attempt to make the team in a utility role. If he succeeds, his speed makes him worth an endgame play in AL-only leagues.
Santana started at second base and went 2-for-6 in Sunday's win over Boston. He's hitting .275 (11-for-40) with a home run this spring. Santana has been getting playing time at second base this spring as the Twins work to increase his versatility. He's trying to make the 25-man roster as a utility player, but he may lose out to Ehire Adrianza since the Twins may like a better fielder in the role.
Santana (shoulder) has been participating in drills early in spring training, MLB.com reports. Santana suffered a season-ending Grade 2 shoulder strain in September, but should be fine as spring training begins. He'll try to win a utility role this spring, but the signing of Ehire Adrianza likely means he's not currently a favorite to win a roster spot.
Santana (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of Cold Omaha reports. The Twins are set to recall James Beresford from Triple-A on Tuesday, so moving Santana to the 60-day DL will free up a spot on the 40-man roster. Santana, who was diagnosed with a Grade 2 shoulder strain last week, is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Santana has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 shoulder sprain and will likely miss the rest of the season, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports. Santana will not require surgery on his shoulder, but his recovery timetable is 4-to-6 weeks, so he presumably will not play again in 2016. He should be back at 100 percent well in advance of spring training, when he will try to lock down a spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster.
Santana (shoulder) won't need surgery on his sprained AC joint, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Twins decided not to take any chances and placed him on the disabled list immediately even with the September roster expansion coming up. Now that surgery has been ruled out, there's still a chance Santana could play this season, but we'll have to see how his rehab goes before a return can be certain.