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Angels lose RHP Santana for start of season

Posted on: March 8, 2009 2:04 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2009 5:56 pm
 


TEMPE, Ariz. -- A relatively quiet camp was ruffled Sunday when Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed that All-Star right-hander Ervin Santana, bothered by elbow soreness, likely will not be ready for opening day.

Santana underwent an MRI exam, the results of which weren't immediately available. And though Scioscia said he doesn't expect the right-hander to be in the opening day rotation, he added that he doesn't expect it to be a long-term situation.

"We're going to get a better read on that later," Scioscia said Sunday morning. "Where he is now, I would anticipate that the start of the season would be a stretch."

The MRI, according to the Angels, revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in Santana's right elbow. The club said he underwent an MRI last week, was re-examined on Saturday and will be held back from throwing with no definitive timetable. Meantime, the Angels said Sunday afternoon, he will continue daily therapy.

Santana, who earlier this spring signed a four-year, $30 million deal with a club option for a fifth year, was relieved Sunday that the MRI did not reveal anything more serious. And he wasn't quite as pessimistic on being ready for opening day as his manager.

"I think," Santana said. "I think I'm going to be ready for that."

But Scioscia said "we're going to take it slow with him and go from there. We're going to let some stuff calm down. We don't anticipate it being a setback for a very appreciable part of the season."

The Angels went through a similar situation with ace John Lackey last spring. Lackey, whom Scioscia already has named as the club's opening day starter for 2009, opened the 2008 season on the disabled list. The Angels still posted their first 100-win season in franchise history.

Right-handers Dustin Mosely, Shane Loux, Nick Adenhart and Anthony Ortega right now are vying for the fifth starters' spot in the rotation until Kelvim Escobar returns, possibly in May. With Santana now expected to open the season on the disabled list, two of those four could earn spots in the opening day rotation.

"We have some guys we feel can do the job and help us do what we need to do out of the chute," Scioscia said. "Moving forward, we'll get Kelvim Escobar back and we expect Ervin to be ready not too long after the start of the season."

Santana pitched 16 innings over four appearances for Licey in the Dominican Republic winter league this offseason and said he was fine when camp started.

The only previous elbow issues he's encountered before, Santana said, came in 2004 when he was stricken with tendinitis. That season, pitching for Double-A Arkansas, he made only eight starts.

"That was much worse," Santana said, referring to his '04 issues as tendinitis and calling his current soreness "inflammation."

He went 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA over 32 starts and 219 innings for the Angels in 2008 and was slotted as the No. 2 starter behind Lackey heading into '09.

 

 

 

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2009 11:01 pm
 

Angels lose RHP Santana for start of season

Sorry for the spelling playmaker - no harm I hope. My point is posting a 3.49 ERA in the AL is respectable, and it has nothing to do with the firepower he had thanks to a solid ANGELS line-up. He is a top flight pitcher.

 

 




Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2009 7:16 pm
 

Angels lose RHP Santana for start of season

To whoever said he was overrated and only benefited from an above average offense should have looked at his numbers.  He threw almost 220 innings showing he is a deep game pitcher and still had a sub 3.5 ERA.  When the Angels locked him up, it looked like a genius move for only $7.5/yr compared to the market.  Angels fans should be worried.  John Lackey had his own injury concerns last year.  The two of them are a hell of a one-two punch.  The worriesome part to me is the vague determination of how long that he will be out.  Hopefully, he is alright.  At 27, he should have plenty of good years ahead of him and the Angels were planning on it.  What is "an appreciable amount of the season" to Mike Scioscia?  Awful starts can end a season early or a club.  And you don't want to follow up last season's dissappointment by missing the playoffs.

 

 




Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2009 4:50 pm
 

Angels lose RHP Santana for start of season

Hey Playmaker21:  Regardless of the spelling error, he is correct and you are not.  Ervin Santana is a great young pitcher who has finally come into his own.  Is he the best?  Of course not, but he is very good.  If you don't know him or think 100 wins by the Angels is weak, you are a fool.  But thanks for the entertainment!!



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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2009 4:45 pm
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Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2009 4:04 pm
 

Angels lose RHP Santana for start of season


Let's hope this turns out more like Lackey and less like Escobar. Santana is still young and has HUGE upside though I am very interested to see who emerges from the deep stock of young arms the Angels have. This could end up a blessing if one of their young pitchers emerges and makes the kind of impact Santana, Saunders, or Arrendando has had recently. WOW!! That would mean bads news for the rest of the AL West who believe like many that the run the Angels have had may be coming to end as the retool.



playmaker21
Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2009 3:18 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2009 3:12 pm
 

Angels lose RHP Santana for start of season

Overrated? You must be a simpleton seeing that the guy posted a 3.49 ERA in the AL. The Angles are smart for being cautious with his elbow as they let the swelling go down.

 

 




Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2009 3:05 pm
 

Angels lose RHP Santana for start of season

Obviously the comment from above comes from somebody who doesnt watch baseball, or is just a hater. Evrin is a top 20 SP, and the Angels better cross their fingers it's nothing serious, any elbow injury for a pitcher is always a concern.




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2009 2:45 pm
 

Angels lose RHP Santana for start of season

 

This thread fails.



playmaker21
Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2009 2:37 pm
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