Santander will play outfield for the first time this spring Tuesday against the Braves, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Santander's 2019 campaign ended early due to a labrum injury which has so far limited him to designated hitter duty this spring. He'll be taking the field with two weeks left of spring training, so it seems as though he'll still have time to ramp up to game speed by Opening Day.
Santander is clear of the labrum issues that brought his 2019 season to an early end and won't be limited to begin spring training, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Santander missed the final weekend of the regular season with what at the time were described as "minor injuries," but it appears the problem was actually labrum inflammation, which did not require surgery. The 25-year-old finished the season with a .261/.297/.476 slash line, 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 93 games, and he should be able to lock down a starting role in Baltimore's outfield during spring training.
Santander (undisclosed minor injuries) is unlikely to play again this season, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports. He was apparently playing through some minor injuries earlier this month and the O's are going to let him take it easy over the final two games. The 24-year-old switch hitter slashed .261/.297/.476 with 20 home runs, one steal and an 86:19 K:BB in 405 plate appearances this year. He figures to enter 2020 with an everyday job.
Santander (undisclosed minor injuries) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox. Manager Brandon Hyde said Friday that Santander had been playing through some injuries recently but declined to specify what the exact injuries were. There was a hope he could return Saturday, so perhaps he will be able to get back in there for Sunday's season finale.
Santander's absence from the lineup for the last three games is due to undisclosed minor injuries, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Santander's .093/.140/.222 slash line over his last 12 games would seem to be reason enough to keep him out of the lineup, though his performance has possibly been held back by injury. He could return to the lineup Saturday against Boston.