Santana, who was reinstated from the DL after Thursday's game, will not displace Byron Buxton as the Twins' starting center fielder, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Buxton's ongoing struggles led to some speculation that he may be on shaky ground, but the Twins, now 20-46 on the year, will allow the 22-year-old to learn on the job and slot Santana into a utility role. Santana is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees, and he may only see occasional starts between the outfield and middle-infield spots.
Santana (hamstring) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports. Santana was able to quickly get healthy after landing on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, and with Byron Buxton struggling to figure out big league pitching, the Twins opted to activate Santana as quickly as possible. Santana went 4-for-11 during his three-game rehab assignment and he figures to start in center field for the Twins as soon as Friday.
Santanta (hamstring) will likely be activated Friday after completing his rehab assignment Thursday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. Santana is ready to return to the Twins after needing just three rehab games to prove his hamstring is healed. The move will likely occur Friday, but no corresponding move has been mentioned at this time. He went 4-for-11 during his rehab assignment.
Santana (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of Cold Omaha reports. Nothing's definite, but it would seem Santana has a good chance to return during the Yankees series, shortly after his 15 days are up. Byron Buxton got off to a decent start in Santana's absence, but he has just two hits in his last 24 at-bats, so look for Santana to slot back in as the primary center fielder upon his return.
Santana (hamstring) could head out on a rehab assignment as soon as Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Santana has been running for the past week and seems to be coming along well in his recovery from the hamstring injury, the second time he's fallen victim to that type of ailment this season. If Santana is indeed cleared to begin his rehab assignment Monday, he may only stay in the minors for a few days before perhaps rejoining the Twins prior to next weekend.