Santana could get called up to make a spot start while Noah Syndergaard (hamstring) is on the IL, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The veteran hurler didn't look particularly good in his first start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, giving up three runs with a 5:5 K:BB through five innings, but the Mets aren't exactly flush with big-league arms. The team will need to find fill-ins for Syndergaard twice before he's eligible to return as they don't have any off-days that would allow them to juggle their rotation, so while Wilmer Font is considered the top option for Thursday's game, Santana could still be in the picture for a spot start next week -- particularly if Font struggles.
Santana signed a minor-league deal with the Mets on Friday. Santana refused an outright assignment to Triple-A after being designated for assignment by the White Sox at the end of April, but will now head to the minors with the Mets after being unable to secure a major-league deal. The 36-year-old struggled during his three starts in Chicago with 14 runs allowed on 19 hits -- including six homers -- across 13.1 innings. Santana will start out at High-A St. Lucie before likely moving up to Triple-A Syracuse.
Santana refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and elected free agency. In eight starts over the last two seasons, the 36-year-old has an 8.53 ERA. He'll hope to find a team with a need in the rotation but may have to settle for a minor-league deal.
Santana was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Friday. Santana made three starts for the White Sox, none of which were particularly good. He owns a 9.45 ERA while striking out just 7.8 percent of opposing batters. Add in his struggles in five starts with the Twins last year, and he now has an 8.53 ERA (and an equally ugly 8.51 FIP) over the last two seasons. The 36-year-old may have to prove himself in the minors before earning his next major-league opportunity.
Santana (0-2) took the loss Wednesday, giving up four runs on six hits over 4.2 innings while striking out one as the White Sox dropped a 4-3 decision to the Orioles. The right-hander got lifted after 71 pitches (48 strikes), and Santana has yet to pitch in the sixth inning in any of his three starts so far. He served up another homer -- his sixth in 13.1 innings -- and his 9.45 ERA and 5:6 K:BB suggest the 36-year-old doesn't have much left to offer a big-league club. If the White Sox don't make any changes to their rotation, Santana would next take the mound Monday for a rematch with the O's back in Chicago.