Santander was optioned to minor-league camp Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Santander put together a solid spring, going 11-for-33 with six doubles, two homers and seven RBI through 18 games, but it wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the Opening Day roster. The former Rule 5 pick will head back to the minors for more seasoning, as he's appeared in just 11 games at Triple-A (and 69 at Double-A).
Santander went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Rays. Santander put the Orioles on the board in the fifth inning Wednesday, smashing a two-strike offering from Yonny Chirinos to right field for his second homer of spring training. The 24-year-old is swinging a hot bat through 10 Grapefruit League games; he's 8-for-18 with six extra-base hits and five RBI. Santander has struck out five times over that stretch (compared to one walk).
Santander was put on the minor-league disabled list due to a staph infection in his knee earlier this week, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Santander shouldn't be sidelined for too much longer as the outfielder has been out since July 19 with this ailment. After being optioned to Double-A Bowie in mid-May, he's hit .258/.293/.402 with five home runs and 22 RBI across 54 games.
Santander was optioned to Double-A Bowie on Sunday, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. Santander, a 2016 Rule 5 draft pick, officially accrued 90 days of MLB service time Saturday, enabling the Orioles to remove him from the 25-man roster without risking him heading to another organization. With a .198/.250/.297 slash line across 108 plate appearances with the Orioles this season, the 23-year-old proved unready for major-league action, but Santander remains one of the better prospects in the team's system thanks to his solid power and contact skills. According to Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Santander will handle an everyday role for Bowie in left or right field and could earn a look with the big club again later this season.
Santander is not in the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Santander will stick on the bench for a second straight game while Mark Trumbo slides to right field and Pedro Alvarez takes over as the DH. The 23-year-old is hitting just .203/.253/.312 through 30 games this season, so there's a chance he's sent back to the minors over the weekend to continue his development, as that will be when he's first eligible to return to the farm as a former Rule 5 pick.