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2021 Batting

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Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .214 19 69 .661 2

Top Carlos Santana News

  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Three hits in season finale

    Santana went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's 7-3 loss to Minnesota.

    While the first baseman could be counted on for solid on-base abilities in the first half of the season, he slumped badly after the All-Star break. In the end, Santana posted a .214/.319/.342 slash line, leading to a career-low .660 OPS in 158 games. Outside of a resurgent 2019, Santana's been on a noticeable downward slide since 2016. He's still under contract for 2022, but top prospect Nick Pratto could force Kansas City's hand in spring training after batting .266 across 123 games between Double-A and Triple-A.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Sitting Thursday

    Santana is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics.

    It's been a disappointing season for the veteran first baseman, who's hit just .219/.322/.359 in 142 games. He's still playing regularly at this point, having started 15 straight games prior to Thursday's day off, but it's possible the Royals elect to turn to younger options more frequently down the stretch. Ryan O'Hearn will be the first baseman Thursday.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Slugs 19th homer

    Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Orioles.

    He took Alexander Wells deep in the fourth inning, but the Royals were already in a 6-1 hole at that point. Santana is now one homer shy of his eighth season with 20 or more, but his .703 OPS (on a .225/.329/.374 slash line) would be the worst mark of his career over a full schedule.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Snaps power drought

    Santana went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk Saturday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Santana clubbed a 441-foot solo shot in the sixth inning for the Royals' final run. The long ball snapped 35-game streak without a homer for the veteran, during which he batted only .185 with a mere five RBI over 130 at-bats. Santana has recently been dealing with a hip injury, so Saturday's power display could be a sign that he is feeling better.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Returns to lineup

    Santana (hip) is batting cleanup and playing first base Tuesday against Cleveland.

    An aggravation of his hip injury caused Santana to miss a couple contests, but he's back in action for Tuesday's series opener. Santana's hitting .262 with four doubles in his last 10 games, largely due to a four-hit effort Aug. 22 against the Cubs.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Sitting in second straight game

    Santana (hip) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.

    After missing three straight games with a Grade 1 right hip flexor, Santana returned to the lineup for Friday's 8-7 win in 12 innings, but he aggravated the injury in that contest and will now be on the bench for the second day in a row. Hunter Dozier will fill in at first base for Santana, who should be viewed as day-to-day heading into the Royals' upcoming six-game week.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Scratched with hip soreness

    Santana was scratched from Saturday's lineup against Seattle with lingering soreness from his recent hip flexor injury, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Santana exited Monday's game and was out through Thursday with the hip issue, and apparently he isn't totally over it despite starting Friday. It's unclear whether he'll be available off the bench Saturday, and he should be considered day-to-day until further notice. Emmanuel Rivera entered the lineup to play first base.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Back in action

    Santana (hip) is starting Friday's game against the Mariners.

    Santana missed the last three games due to a Grade 1 hip flexor strain, but he'll serve as the designated hitter and bat fourth Friday. The 35-year-old has gone 5-for-17 with a double, a run, an RBI and a walk across his last four appearances.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Won't start Thursday

    Santana (hip) is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mariners.

    Santana's Grade 1 right hip flexor strain will relegate him to the bench for the third game in a row. His absence indirectly opens up a spot in the lineup for Hanser Alberto, who will bat seventh as Kansas City's designated hitter.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: On bench again

    Santana (hip) remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    He'll take a seat for the second straight game while he continues to manage a Grade 1 right hip flexor strain, an injury he sustained in Monday's series opener. Hunter Dozier will step in at first base for Santana.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Sidelined Tuesday with injury

    Santana (hip) is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Santana exited Monday's series opener with a Grade 1 right hip flexor strain, so his absence from the lineup a day later comes as little surprise. For now, the Royals are labeling Santana as day-to-day, but he'll likely need to make some noteworthy progress in his recovery by the end of the week in order to avoid a trip to the injured list. Ryan O'Hearn will cover first base in Santana's stead Tuesday.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Suffers hip injury

    Santana left Monday's game against the Astros with a Grade 1 hip flexor strain, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Santana is being considered day-to-day by the club, per manager Mike Matheny. Ryan O'Hearn would see time at first base if Santana is forced to miss significant time.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Three-hit effort in win

    Santana went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Cubs.

    The first baseman has recorded just two multi-hit efforts in 20 games in August, and he's drawn just eight walks in that span for a .274 on-base percentage. It's clear Santana is in a slump, which has lowered his season slash line to .226/.335/.373 with 17 home runs (none since July 24), 59 RBI, 59 runs scored and two stolen bases. Despite the slump, he's been in the starting nine on a nearly daily basis, as Ryan O'Hearn hasn't done enough to challenge for more playing time at first base.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Rough day at plate

    Santana went 0-for-6 with a strikeout in Monday's 8-6 extra-innings loss to the Yankees.

    It's rare for the first baseman to fail to get on base in some way -- he has a .341 on-base percentage and 14.6 percent walk rate this season. Santana has gone 10 games without a multi-hit effort, going just 5-for-38 (.132) with six walks and three runs scored in that span. All five hits in his slump have been singles.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Retreats to bench

    Santana isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

    Santana went 0-for-10 with two strikeouts in the first two games of the series, and he'll get a chance to reset in Wednesday's series finale. Ryan O'Hearn will start at first base while Salvador Perez serves as the designated hitter.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Clubs 17th homer

    Santana went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 9-8 win over the Tigers.

    The Royals took the lead for good with a five-run seventh inning, and Santana's blast was the highlight of the rally. The 35-year-old has gone yard in back-to-back games and hit safely in six straight, boosting his slash line on the season to .241/.358/.421 with 17 homers and 55 RBI through 96 contests.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Blasts 16th homer

    Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-3 win over Detroit.

    Santana added some insurance for Kansas City with his fifth-inning homer. The first baseman has hit safely in five straight games, although he's gone just 5-for-21 in that span. The 35-year-old has a .242/.360/.415 slash line with 16 long balls, 52 RBI, 50 runs scored and a pair of stolen bases through 403 plate appearances. He remains more valuable in fantasy formats that use on-base percentage given his 15.1 percent walk rate.

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  • Royals' Carlos Santana: Good to go Friday

    Santana (wrist) is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles.

    Santana missed the last game before the All-Star break because of a wrist issue, but the first baseman now appears to be fine after getting five full days of rest. He'll bat second in the series opener.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Age: 35
Experience: 11
Bats/Throws: S, R