Tag:Carlos Santana
Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:53 pm

Santana, Sizemore progressing in rehab

Santana Two integral players to the future of the Indians that had their season shortened are well on their way back, but there still remains plenty of hurdles to clear.

Catcher Carlos Santana (pictured), one of the best prospects in the game, was involved in a gruesome home-plate collision with Boston's Ryan Kalish that aborted his debut season after 46 games. He underwent surgery to repair the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee three and a half months ago and has begun full lower body strength and conditioning exercises, as MLB.com notes . Santana will progress to walking and jogging at the end of this week and will launch baseball activities in early January.

Sizemore is a different story, because he had microfracture surgery on his left knee, which is not a common surgery in baseball. As a result, his timetable is a little less clear than Santana's.

"With Grady, it's a little less certain," first-year GM Chris Antonetti said. "We'll have to continue to see how he meets the individual milestones and be in touch with Dr. [Richard] Steadman [who performed the surgery] on what he feels the appropriate progression will continue to be. He's met all his checkpoints so far."

Sizemore has played in just 139 games over the last two seasons (33 in 2010), and has seen his status as an elite center fielder take a hit. Even the slightest delay could throw him off of being ready for Opening Day as he is slated to begin baseball activities in early January along with running on the treadmill. He is currently transitioning from water-based exercises to land-based.

"There's no reason to be concerned, as far as [Sizemore's] availability for us," Antonetti said. "But it's a delicate balance. Between the beginning of January or the middle of January, that's only two weeks, but it has significant implications on when he'll be ready for the season. We'll have a much better sense in January [of his timeline] than we do now."

Santana's readiness for Opening Day is more certain, but he may not play behind the dish full-time. The club indicated that they plan to play Santana at first base next season to prevent wear and tear on his body, especially coming off significant surgery.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:49 pm

R.I.P. Indians: Yet another building process

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions in October. Today: the last entry in the Cleveland Indians.

Poor Cleveland. They came within one win of advancing to the World Series in 2007, but since then have been caught in a web of ineffectiveness that saw Eric Wedge booted and the roster undergoing an overhaul.

It's disappointing to see a mid-market team like this come so close and have to completely scrap their entire team and start from scratch. Yes, the Indians somehow only lost 93 games with a team that should have lost much more, but the next few seasons will be about building the team back up, not contending.


You hate to see a team kicked when down, but that's exactly what happened on August 2 when the Red Sox's Ryan Kalish barrelled into Santana. The catcher ended up having to undergo knee surgery to repair his LCL. A shame given Santana (pictured, below right) is perhaps the best young catcher in the game with a .260/.401/.467 line in 192 plate appearances. He became the first Indians player since 1997 to make his big-league debut batting third. That's how good this dude is.

Meanwhile, first baseman Matt LaPorta, acquired from Milwaukee in the CC Sabathia trade, flailed in his extended shot of playing time. LaPorta is the team's future when it comes to a power bat, but the 25-year-old just couldn't do anything in 2010. He finished with a .221/.306/.362 line and 12 home runs in 425 PA and time is fast running out for the slugger. He'll get another shot in the bigs in 2011, but it's time for him to do what he does so well in the minors: mash.

Lastly, Grady Sizemore, one of the more exciting five-tool outfielders in the game, hit rock bottom. The 27-year-old cranked 33 home runs and bashed to the tune of a .268/.374/.502 line in 745 PA in 2008, but missed the end of 2009 with left elbow surgery. His return consisted of 140 trips to the plate and an unsightly .211/.271/.289 line before having surgery on his left knee for a microfracture. Can he ever regain his top form? Probably not.

Carlos Santana WHAT WENT RIGHT

The Indians did have something go right for them with the emergence of relief pitcher Chris Perez. Perez, acquired from the Cardinals for Mark DeRosa in 2009, grabbed 23 saves and wrested the closer's role away from Kerry Wood while posting a 1.71 ERA. That's above his head as evidenced by a 4.30 xFIP, but he should still turn into a quality closer. Unfortunately for Cleveland, Perez may price himself out of the team's range by the time the club is ready to contend again. Fortunately, however, the Indians should get a nice return if and when they deal Perez.

Speaking of Kerry Wood, the Indians did what so few other non-contending teams did with their veterans who weren't going to return: they got rid of them. Wood went to the Yankees and flourished as a setup man while the Indians came away with some money recouped. The club also dealt away Austin Kearns (also to the Yankees) and Russell Branyan (Mariners), freeing up playing time for Perez, outfielder Michael Brantley and Shelley Duncan.

Fausto Carmona also returned from a two-year absence as an effective starting pitcher to post a 3.77 ERA in 210 innings. The 26-year-old is locked up for years and incredibly cheap as well, which has made him very in demand for other teams. Cleveland can opt to either get a nice haul in return for Carmona or have him head up the rotation as the club rebuilds. Either way, the team has a top-flight starter for cheap.

The Indians graduated plenty of players to the bigs in 2010 that should have major impacts the rest of the way, including Santana, SP Mitch Talbot (acquired from Rays), reliever, Frank Herrmann and 2B Jason Donald. But the team needs so much more.

Fortunately, the team is rather deep in prospects remaining. Those that could help in the year 2011 include Nick Hagadone, acquired from Boston in the Victor Martinez deal. Hagadone struggled as a starter but could morph into a dominant reliever. Meanwhile, Nick Weglarz represents Cleveland's new hope as a power hitter and should debut at some point in 2011 and Jason Kipnis could wrap up the second base job for years by the end of the season.


The Indians are still in a rebuilding phase. While the team has an intriguing number of bats, they are still too young and inconsistent, while the pitching remains far off. 90-plus losses is all but certain.


The Indians figure to go after a first baseman to pair with LaPorta, a starting third baseman, and perhaps even an outfielder although Weglarz could be handed the job in spring training.

Tackling in reverse order, the Indians should stay pat and go with an outfield of Trevor Crowe-Michael Brantley-Shin-Soo Choo and filter in Weglarz and Sizemore when the two are deemed ready.

Jason Donald While third base could be permanently occupied by Jason Donald (pictured, left) or Luis Valbuena once Kipnis debuts, the team needs another year of protection. Adam Kennedy, who resurrected his career with the Nationals, could be that person. Kennedy can play around the infield and would collect enough at-bats to be worth bringing in while not stunting the development of Donald, Valbuena or Asdrubal Cabrera.

As for first base, the Indians need someone who can platoon with Matt LaPorta, but not send LaPorta to the bench. An ability to play the outfield is a plus as well, and the answer is already on the team in Shelley Duncan. Bringing Russell Branyan back isn't a terrible idea, but the team shouldn't spend much time looking for options as a backup first baseman.

Lastly, the Indians need to bring in a veteran starting pitcher who can soak up innings and mentor the young pitchers. Picking up ex-Indian Kevin Millwod could work, as well as Justin Duchscherer or Aaron Harang.


It's going to be more of the same for the Indians next season, and the team needs to find a way to develop an impact pitcher rather than the back-end types the team has proven especially adept in producing.

Check out the other R.I.P. reports here.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 6:09 pm

Santana's rookie season is done

Carlos Santana 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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Posted on: August 5, 2010 5:46 pm
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Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 7:01 pm

Busy day for DL

Kevin Youkilis With most injuries, you never quite know how bad they are until the next day.

As for last night? It wasn't a real good night for some of baseball's better players.

As was mentioned already, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis went to the disabled list today, and the news on that injury is a little up in the air.

Youkilis had an MRI this morning that found a torn muscle in his thumb that could require surgery. According to the Boston Globe 's Peter Abraham , doctors are uncertain about the extent of the injury and Youkilis will get a second opinion soon.

"They're searching for some answers because this is, I think, quite rare," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told Abraham and other reporters. "How it happened is a little hard to explain. … In the meantime, there's no way we're going to let him play and take a swing and hurt his career."

Francona said there's a chance that it could scar up and allow Youkilis to return after the 15 days are up.

Ryan Howard Youkilis isn't the only big-time first baseman to go to the disabled list today -- the Phillies placed Ryan Howard on the disabled list with a  sprained left ankle. The team called up John Mayberry Jr. to take his place.

Howard hurt the ankle sliding into second base in Sunday's game in Washington. He went with the team to Florida, but returned to Philadelphia on Monday to get the ankle checked out. With Howard on the DL, Jayson Werth becomes the only Phillie regular not to have visited the DL this season.

It wasn't all bad news for first basemen, as Reds manager Dusty Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay that Joey Votto (wrist) will return to the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Pirates. However, the Reds did put starting shortstop Orlando Cabrera on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

The Reds will replace him in the lineup with Paul Jansih, a superb defensive shortstop who has hit well (.270/.370/.413) in spotty playing time this season. To replace Cabrera on the roster, the Reds called up third baseman Juan Francisco.

As for Monday's most gruesome injury, test on Carlos Santana's left knee showed a high-grade strain of the LCL and hyperextension of the left knee, according to a tweet from the Cleveland Plain Dealer 's Paul Hoynes . Surgery is still a possibility for the Indians' top young player. The Indians also placed Travis Hafner on the DL and called up catcher Lou Marson and starter David Huff.

UPDATE: Hoynes has more on his blog abotu Santana's injury -- Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff says the injury isn't as bad as the Indians feared. "We do feel fortunate," Soloff said.

As for Howard, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters, including David Hale of the News Journal , that the team isn't sure how long Howard will be out.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:18 am
Edited on: August 3, 2010 2:34 pm

Indians' Santana returns to Cleveland for tests

Carlos Santana If you didn't see the highlights of Carlos Santana's knee injury last night, consider yourself lucky.

Santana was carted off the field in the seventh inning of the Indians' victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park following a collision at home plate with rookie Ryan Kalish.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer 's Paul Hoynes tweets Santana was on a 9 a.m. flight from Boston to Cleveland this morning to have an MRI and tests on his left knee.

Initial reports were good last night, Indians manager Manny Acta told reporters, including Hoynes , following the game.

"He tested well with the trainers," Acta said. "They feel he doesn't have any serious damage on his PCL or ACL. Right now we're calling it a knee contusion. Once the MRI comes out we'll have more."

The Indians will certainly have their fingers crossed, as will Kalish.

Kalish, in just his second big-league game, told Nate Taylor of the Boston Globe that he went to the visitor's clubhouse to check on Santana after the game.

"I just told him, 'Hey man, I'm thinking about you, and I'm sorry what happened,'" Kalish said. "He knew it was clean, and I'll try to keep in touch on how he's doing."

It was a clean play all the way around. Kalish was on second when pinch-hitter Daniel Nava singled to right field. Nava tested the arm of Shin-Soo Choo, whose throw just beat Kalish to the plate. Kalish slid, trying to go between Santana's legs, but his right foot went into Santana's left knee and was called out.

"Obviously, I feel bad," Kalish said. "He was blocking the plate, and I felt I had enough time to get in there with my foot. It was a hard slide. I feel awful, but it's part of the game."

According to the Indians' official Twitter account, Red Sox manager Terry Francona called Acta in the clubhouse manager's office to check on Santana.

It's the fourth time this season a member of the Indians has been carted off the field following an injury. Asdrubal Cabrera, David Huff and coaching assistant Ruben Niebla have all been carted off this season.

Santana has had an outstanding debut season, hitting .260/.401/.467 with six homers and 22 RBI in 46 games. He's also been impressive behind the plate.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 9:25 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2010 12:41 am

Indians' Santana exits game

Carlos Santana Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana left Friday's game in Cincinnati following his fifth-inning home run with a left thumb bruise, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovice tweets .

Santana hit a two-run home run off of Reds starter Aaron Harang in the top of the fifth, but grimaced in pain before he even got to first base.

In the bottom of the inning, the Indians had a whole new battery, replacing not only Santana with Mike Redmond, but also starter Aaron Laffey with Joe Smith, who promptly surrendered four runs to the Reds.

UPDATE: The Cleveland Plain Dealer 's Paul Hoynes reports X-rays on Santana's hand were negative.

"It was his catching hand and he didn't want to take any chances," Indians manager Manny Acta said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2010 3:15 pm

Strasmas II: Electric Boogaloo

Stephen Strasburg started Sunday where he left off in his last start, striking out the first batter he faced in his second big-league start. Cleveland's Trevor Crowe was the eight-consecutive batter Strasburg struck out. Shin-Soo Choo followed for Strasburg's ninth strikeout in as many batters faced.

Cleveland's own rookie, Carlos Santana, at least put wood to the ball, lining out to end the first inning.

Second inning: The Russian's cut! He's human. Travis Hafner homers off Strasburg to tie the game at 1. But he has two more strikeouts, so the legend isn't quite dead. Hafner's homer is the only hit so far.

Third inning: More mortality -- no strikeouts, just three boring ground balls. Through three, Strasburg has 38 pitches, 25 strikes. His opponent, David Huff has 39 pitches, 33 strikes, for what it's worth.

Fourth inning: Apparently Adam Dunn doesn't want Stephen Strasburg to ever lose a game. Dunn homers -- like he did in Strasburg's first start -- to give the lead back to the phenom. Strasburg gets Choo again on three pitches -- the second strike was a nasty backdoor pitch and then the big curve for his fifth strikeout of the game. What's special about Strasburg so far, to me, isn't the velocity, it's those other pitches -- and I'd have a feeling Choo would agree. And for those poo-poo'd his debut against Pittsburgh, Cleveland may not have the best offense, but Choo is a professional hitter. Santana goads Strasburg into his first career walk. How about that, a guy who throws 100 who has that kind of control. And as that's written, Strasburg walks Hafner. Things then return to normal, getting Austin Kearns for K No. 6.

Fifth inning: Sir Strasburg doesn't like the mound at Progressive Field. A little delay as they repair his landing spot. So with two outs and a man on first, Trevor Crowe is left trying to bunt for a hit, because it seems like a better chance than actually swinging the bat. Ryan Zimmerman lets him know that's not a sound strategy. 

Sixth inning: Ivan Rodrguez's two-run double gives Strasburg even more of a cushion, and then Ian Desmond made it 6-1 with a two-run triple. Santana gets a bloop single for just the second hit of the day for the Indians. And then, after a couple of balls to Hafner, Strasburg's looking at his landing area again and pitching coach Dan McCatty comes to the mound. And now Jim Rigglemman is out again to talk about the mound and the field crew is out there to work on it. And now Strasburg walks Kearns and that's it for him. Strasburg went 5.1 innings, two hits, five walks, eight strikeouts and a home run. He left the bases loaded, so his line is incomplete. He threw 95 pitches, 52 strikes. He as brilliant through five, but struggled int he sixth. Drew Storen replaced him. Storen got Russell Branyan to pop up for the second out of the inning and strikes out Jhonny Peralta to close the book on Strasburg. 5.1 innings, two hits, one run, five walks, eight strikeouts.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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