Santana has increased his workouts at third base, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward is intrigued by the idea of giving Santana playing time at the hot corner. He's started just six games there over this career, but his productive bat might be an upgrade over Asdrubel Cabrera, who is hitting .125 over the last 24 games. "Anywhere we can get [Santana] in the lineup," Woodward said. "Right now, he's as good of player as there is in the big leagues and arguably one of our top two to three players. I am going to find a way to get him in there. This is a tough business. You have to produce in this business and everybody knows it. When a guy is producing, you have to ride that out and see what we have." Santana started in left field Wednesday and launched a pair of home runs in a loss, so it behooves the manager to find spots for him. He's also started at first base this week, replacing another slumbering hitter, Ronald Guzman.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
Santana got the start at first base in place of Ronald Guzman, who sat against against the left-handed Alex Young. The game also marked the return of outfielder Hunter Pence from the injured list, which should put a squeeze on Santana's outfield opportunities, so first base could be the landing spot for Santana. With Guzman slashing .201/.286/.413, it's possible Rangers manager Chris Woodward inserts the switch-hitting Santana into the starting lineup against right-handers as well. Santana is batting .327/.360/.574 against righties, a marked improvement over Guzman's .237/.320/.459 line against that handedness.
Santana is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Santana had started each of the past four games, going 10-for-18 with two home runs, two doubles, two steals, four RBI and five runs. Ronald Guzman and Rougned Odor will form the right side of the infield Sunday, but with both offering disappointing production this season, expect Santana to routinely poach starts from either player.
Santana went 2-for-5 with a double, a solo home run, a second run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Astros.
For the second straight night, Santana showed off both his power and his speed, giving him 11 homers and 11 steals through 66 games. The 28-year-old super-utility man has put together multi-hit efforts in three of his last four starts, pushing his slash line on the season to a remarkable .309/.343/.543.
Santana went 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run, a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 9-8 win over the Astros.
Getting the start in center field, Santana reached double digits in two categories with his 10th homer and 10th steal of the year before walking it off with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The 28-year-old is slashing .307/.342/.528 over 65 games in what has been a career resurgence this year.
Santana went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 4-1 win over Minnesota.
Santana drove in Joey Gallo with an RBI single in the fourth inning to knot the game at 1-1. It was his first multi-hit performance since June 20 and raised his slash line to .300/.333/.514 this season.
Santana started at second base in place of the injured Rougned Odor on Saturday and went 1-for-3 in a 5-2 loss to the Rays.
Santana entered the starting lineup for Odor, who left Friday's game with a hamstring cramp that the Rangers don't regard as serious. His sixth-inning single -- a floating popup with an exit velocity of 66.8 mph -- broke up left-hander Brendan McKay's bid for a perfect game. Santana has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games in which he's had an at-bat, so manager Chris Woodward may want his hot bat in the lineup again Sunday, either at second to give Odor one more off day or in the outfield.
Santana is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.
Santana started the last two games but will head to the bench for Friday's series finale. Manager Chris Woodward indicated Thursday he would make a concerted effort to find Santana more playing time, but his value as a utility player makes him unlikely to slide into a true everyday role.
Santana will start at first base and bat second Thursday against the Tigers.
After Santana slugged his fifth home run in seven games in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Tigers, manager Chris Woodward said he would make a concerted effort to find the utility man more playing time, per Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. Woodward looks poised to achieve that by deploying Santana primarily between first and second base since the everyday options at those positions (Ronald Guzman and Rougned Odor, respectively) have languished for much of the season. Guzman will thus retreat to the bench for the series finale while Santana aims to continue his hot run at the dish.
Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Tigers.
Santana smacked a solo home run in the fifth inning for his ninth homer of the season. He's swung a very hot bat of late, with the long ball marking his fifth in the past seven games. The return of Joey Gallo has taken away one potential avenue of playing time for Santana, but the suspension of Asdrubal Cabrera has given him a path to short-term opportunities. However, with Cabrera returning to begin the team's weekend series against Tampa Bay, it remains to be seen how the Rangers will decide to divide at-bats going forward.
Santana is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.
Santana doesn't have a direct line on an everyday role, but his defensive versatility and hot hitting allowed him to stick in the lineup for six of the previous seven contests. With Joey Gallo (oblique) still on the injured list and Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman both offering limited impact at the dish as the everyday options at second and first base, respectively, Santana should continue to be at least a semi-regular presence in the Texas lineup for the time being.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs and stolen base in a 4-2 victory against the Indians on Thursday.
It was a box-score-filling afternoon for Santana, who is on a six-game hitting streak. During four of those contests, he has multiple knocks, which has helped raise his average 17 points. He also has three homers and two steals since June 15. Santana is batting .312 with seven home runs, 21 RBI, 35 runs and nine stolen bases in 173 at-bats this season.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Monday's 7-2 win over the Indians.
Santana delivered a two-run knock in the fourth inning, then stole a base in the sixth, putting himself in position to score on a wild pitch. He started in right field -- just his second start there this season -- after Hunter Pence (hamstring) was placed on the injured list and with Nomar Mazara (hamstring) unavailable. Mazara could be back Tuesday, per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, but only as a designated hitter. That means Santana, who is 6-for-12 over his last three games, could be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Santana will start at shortstop and bat sixth Sunday against the Reds.
Though Santana finds himself in the starting nine for a second straight day, the Rangers appear to view him as more of a utility player than a lineup mainstay. He'll merely be filling in Sunday for Elvis Andrus, who is getting a well-deserved breather following 22 consecutive starts. Playing time may be even more difficult to come by for Santana once Joey Gallo (oblique) is back from the injured list later this month.
Santana went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 4-3 win over Boston.
The Rangers trailed after eight innings when Santana ignited a ninth-inning rally to overcome the deficit, then he scored the game-deciding run after doubling in the 11th. There are at-bats available with Joey Gallo (oblique) on the shelf, and Santana is one of the beneficiaries. He's started the last five games while hitting .400 (8-for-20) with four extra-base hits, three RBI and three runs scored.
Santana went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics.
Santana's triple, his second of the season, knocked in an insurance run in the 3-1 victory. He no longer plays every day as he did when filling in for an injured Rougned Odor, but the Rangers value his versatility and give him 4-to-5 starts per week. Santana is slashing .291/.331/.470 over 145 plate appearances.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Royals.
Santana got the start in center field in place of the injured Joey Gallo, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with an oblique injury. While Gallo is unavailable, expect Santana and the recently called up Delino DeShields Jr. to play center field.
Santana will bat second and start in center field Sunday against the Royals,
Santana takes the starting spot of Joey Gallo (left oblique), who was placed on the injured list Sunday. He took over after Gallo was removed from Saturday's lineup. Santana is batting .105 (2-for-19) over his last eight games.
Santana (ankle) will start Monday against the Mariners.
Santana fouled a ball off his ankle Saturday and was supposed to be unavailable Sunday. He wound up entering that game as a pinch hitter, hitting a home run and later scoring the winning run in extra innings. He's evidently healthy and ready to go and will bat second as the shortstop Monday.
Santana (ankle) entered Sunday's game as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-1 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored in a 5-4 extra-inning win over the Cardinals.
Santana was supposed to be unavailable off the bench but launched his fourth homer as a pinch hitter in the eighth. He later walked in the 10th and scampered home on Nomar Mazara's sacrifice fly to score the winning run. After taking a 97-mph fastball off his right ankle Saturday, Santana looked like he'd miss a few days, but he tested the ankle prior to the game and was confident he could play, per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. It's still not clear if manager Chris Woodward wants to keep Santana off the field for a day or two, so his status for Monday's game against Seattle is uncertain.
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