Santana's rookie season is done
Posted on: August 5, 2010 6:09 pm
Turns out two seasons ended at Fenway Park on Monday -- the Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis and the Indians' Carlos Santana.
Santana will undergo surgery on his left knee on Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer 's Paul Hoynes reports . He will miss four to six months.
"Carlos is expected to make full recovery by the beginning of the 2011 championship season," Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff told Hoynes.
Santana was injured on a play at the plate with Boston's Ryan Kalish, but despite the long timeline, it's actually one of the better outcomes for the Indians' rookie. Santana will not have reconstructive surgery, where another ligament is transplanted into his knee. It is a strained lateral collateral ligament on the left knee, not torn.
"Every indication is that the injury to Carlos' knee is outside the knee," Soloff said. "In the case of an ACL or PCL surgery, those reconstructions are on the inside of the knee."
Santana hit .260/.401/.467 with six homers and 22 RBI in 46 games (150 at-bats).
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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