Santiago has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for exogenous testosterone, in violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Santiago faced a 10-game ban earlier in the season for having a foreign substance on his glove. He'll now face a lengthier suspension and will not appeal. Santiago should be able to serve about 55 games of the suspension by the end of the campaign, meaning he could be reinstated at some point in May of the 2022 season.
Santiago (suspension) fired two innings in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday, allowing an earned run on four hits and a walk. The veteran southpaw made his return after the completion of his 10-game MLB suspension. Santiago was put right back to work in the multi-inning role he's typically been deployed in this season and should be set for regular long-relief work again moving forward.
The Mariners reinstated Santiago to the active roster Tuesday after he completed his 10-game suspension. Santiago's suspension stemmed from his ejection in a June 26 appearance versus the White Sox after officials spotted a foreign substance on his glove. Before his suspension went into effect July 15, Santiago had been working as a starter for Seattle, but it's unclear whether he'll now slot back into a starting role or move to the bullpen. If the Mariners do decide to deploy Santiago in the rotation, he would likely replace Darren McCaughan, who was touched up for seven runs in four innings in the Mariners' come-from-behind victory Monday.
Santiago's 10-game suspension was upheld Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Santiago was ejected from a game in late June for having a foreign substance on his glove, but he was able to pitch while appealing his suspension. However, he'll serve the full length of his suspension following the All-Star break, and the Mariners will have to play with a shorthanded roster for the next 10 games. The southpaw will be eligible to return July 27 against the Astros.
Santiago allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one over three innings Sunday against the Angels. He did not factor into the decision. Santiago made his first start of the season due to the Mariners dealing with a number of injuries to their rotation. The veteran southpaw had a clean first two innings before allowing a solo home run in the third to David Fletcher to tie the game. Santiago now owns a 3.33 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 29:10 K:BB over 24.1 innings. The 33-year-old is expected to hear the result of the appeal this week for his 10-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his glove in late June. If the suspension is upheld, the Mariners will be down another arm and will be scrambling for some starting pitching coming out of the All-Star break.
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