Domingo Santana was viewed as something of a lottery ticket when acquired by the Brewers in 2015 as part of a multi-player trade, and the gamble paid off in a big way in 2017, as he finished among the top three on the team in the five standard fantasy hitting categories as well as OPS and games played. The stolen-base contributions were particularly surprising from Santana, as he went 15-for-19 on the basepaths to set a new career-best -- including his minor-league seasons. He showed a better eye at the plate with a career-best 0.41 BB/K and improved his power, particularly to the opposite field, as 14 of his home runs landed in the far right third of the outfield seats. He also handled both right-handed pitchers and lefties, so he will head into the 2018 campaign as the Brewers' everyday right fielder. That, along with a regular spot no lower than fifth in the batting order will make the 25-year-old a reliable top-100 option in nearly every format in 2018.
Santana is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Santana -- who enjoyed a breakout 2017 campaign -- will find himself on the bench for the final game of the season. Brett Phillips will take over in right field with Keon Broxton filling in at center field.
Santana is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs. Santana owns a stellar 1.097 OPS while playing regularly in September, but he is 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, so he will be held out Saturday. Eric Thames will cover right field in Santana's place.
Santana is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates. Santana has started five of Milwaukee's last six games, hitting an impressive .400/.478/.650 with eight RBI over that stretch, but he'll head to the bench for a breather as the Brewers open their series against Jameson Taillon and the Pirates. Hernan Perez will draw the start in right field in his stead, batting sixth.
Santana went 2-for-3 with two walks, three RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Marlins. Santana has collected a hit and has scored in each of the three games since he sat with a minor back strain, upping his batting average to .275 on the season. He now lays claim to a six-game hit streak as he and the Brewers open up a three-game road set against the Pirates on Monday.
Santana (back) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins. Santana got an extra day off Thursday after being scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to right trapezius tightness. For the series opener against Miami, Santana is back at his typical spot in right field while batting fifth in the order.