Santana went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 9-8 win over the Tigers. The Royals took the lead for good with a five-run seventh inning, and Santana's blast was the highlight of the rally. The 35-year-old has gone yard in back-to-back games and hit safely in six straight, boosting his slash line on the season to .241/.358/.421 with 17 homers and 55 RBI through 96 contests.
Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-3 win over Detroit. Santana added some insurance for Kansas City with his fifth-inning homer. The first baseman has hit safely in five straight games, although he's gone just 5-for-21 in that span. The 35-year-old has a .242/.360/.415 slash line with 16 long balls, 52 RBI, 50 runs scored and a pair of stolen bases through 403 plate appearances. He remains more valuable in fantasy formats that use on-base percentage given his 15.1 percent walk rate.
Santana (wrist) is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles. Santana missed the last game before the All-Star break because of a wrist issue, but the first baseman now appears to be fine after getting five full days of rest. He'll bat second in the series opener.
Santana is not starting Sunday due to a wrist issue that arose during Saturday's loss to Cleveland, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports. Santana was replaced by Jarrod Dyson as Ryan O'Hearn shifted to first base late in Saturday's contest. The reason for Santana's departure wasn't clear initially, but it's now known that he banged up his wrist. He'll sit for the first time this season Sunday, and it's not currently clear if he'll be available off the bench. If Santana is given the entire game off, he'll have five full days to rest his wrist prior to the season resuming next Friday.
Santana is not starting Sunday against Cleveland. Santana will get a breather after going hitless across seven at-bats during the previous two games. Ryan O'Hearn will start at first base as Jorge Soler handles the DH duties Sunday.
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