Santiago (back) is unlikely to return to the mound this season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Santiago recently suffered a setback during his rehab assignment, and appears to have pitched his last game until spring training. The 29-year-old felt tightness in his lower back, and could use some time off to rest before pushing his body to return to the field.
Santiago (back) left his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester and flew to Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He is still feeling that tightness in his upper back," Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said. "So we're going to have a follow-up evaluation and announce the details of that one once we find out." It doesn't sound like Santiago will be able to return this season. Even if he does, he's pitched so poorly that the Twins are unlikely to use him in any significant role in a playoff race.
Santiago (back) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday. This does not impact when Santiago will return to the big-league rotation, as he will be eligible in the coming days, it simply opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Niko Goodrum, whose contract was selected as a corresponding move. Santiago is expected to make another rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday and could return to the rotation at some point in September.
Santiago (back) will resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. Santiago has had his rehab assignment with Rochester shut down twice already. The lefty received a cortisone shot to address inflammation in his back, and it appears the injection has eased any pain he was experiencing. After throwing a bullpen session last week without issue, Santiago will begin the rehab stint again, but he may need multiple starts before being activated from the 10-day disabled list. It's unclear whether the playoff-contending Twins will view Santiago as a starting option upon his return to the big club; they may prefer to use him as a long reliever.
Santiago (back) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Twins pulled Santiago off his rehab assignment last week and gave him an injection to address the inflammation he had been experiencing in his back. It appears the shot has had its desired effect, as Santiago will be ready to take the mound again following a few days off for rest. If all goes well in the bullpen session Wednesday, Santiago will likely face hitters in batting practice over the weekend before restarting a rehab assignment Aug. 29. The left-hander could rejoin the Minnesota rotation at some point in September and aid in the team's push for a wild-card spot.
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