Santana (elbow) was non-tendered by the Rangers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 30-year-old appeared in only 15 games during the 2020 season before going down with the elbow injury, and he was given an eight-month recovery timeline after undergoing surgery in September. Santana played all over the field and had a .283/.324/.534 slash line with 28 homers and 21 stolen bases in 2019, but he crashed hard during his limited action in 2020. The lengthy recovery means he won't be ready for the start of the season as he attempts to find a new team.
Santana underwent surgery on his right elbow Wednesday and is expected to require around eight months to recover, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
According to Weaver, Santana essentially had a modified Tommy John surgery, as his procedure involved the swapping in of an artificial internal brace in place of the damaged tendon in his elbow. Based on the timeline laid out, Santana will likely be sidelined until around the middle of April, at the earliest. After posting a career-best .858 OPS in 2019, Santana dropped to .511 this season while striking out in 38.1 percent of his 63 plate appearances before going under the knife. That steep downturn in performance coupled with his lengthy recovery timeline could prompt the Rangers to non-tender Santana this winter.
Santana (elbow) will not return this season, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Injuries prevented Santana from following up his strong 2019 campaign, limited him to just 15 games. He was ineffective in his playing time, hitting just .145/.238/.273, though injuries likely played a part in his struggles.
Santana was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow sprain, retroactive to Aug. 27.
Santana was initially slated to start Friday's contest against the Dodgers, but he'll be sidelined for at least 10 days due to an elbow issue. The severity of the injury is unclear. While Santana recovers, Derek Dietrich could see an uptick in playing time at first base. Ronald Guzman was also recalled from the Rangers' alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Friday's loss to Seattle.
Santana made the most out of his fourth consecutive start at first base by launching his first home run of the season via a solo shot off Nick Margevicius in the sixth inning. The 29-year-old still has some work to do, however, as he is batting just .162/.262/.297 across 10 games so far this year.
Santana started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and three RBI in Thursday's 8-7 loss to the Padres.
Santana made his third straight start at first base and seemingly has a path to consistent at-bats going forward. The Rangers placed both Willie Calhoun (hamstring) and Elvis Andrus (back) on the injured list Thursday, which presents a few options to get Santana's bat in the lineup. Since coming back from his arm injury, Santana is 4-for-16 with a double, five RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base over five games. The downside is that he continues to pile up strikeouts; Santana's whiffed 16 times in 33 at-bats.
Santana started at first base and went 0-for-4 before he was ejected in the 10th inning of Wednesday's 6-3 loss to San Diego.
Santana, whose recent arm injury limits his defensive deployment, made his second straight start at first base as manager Chris Woodward juggled the lineup to get his bat in the order. A couple of developments Wednesday could impact Santana's use going forward. Elvis Andrus (back) entered the game late and played shortstop; if Andrus returns to the starting lineup, the resulting shift in bodies could leave first base unavailable to Santana. Countering that was Willie Calhoun leaving the game with a hamstring injury, which is expected to land him on the injured list. One option to cover for Calhoun's absence is to move designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo to left field, which would open up DH for Santana, who may not yet be ready to play the outfield.
Santana started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Padres.
After a 1-for-17 start and three weeks on the injured list, Santana has hit safely in all three games since being activated. He continues a measured return from an arm injury that limits where the Rangers can deploy Santana. The 29-year-old served as the DH on Monday and played in the field for the first time Tuesday. The arm strength isn't enough to play center field, where Santana opened the season.
Santana started at designated hitter and went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in Monday's 14-4 loss to the Padres.
Santana, who recently spent time on the injured list with an arm injury, has appeared in both games since being activated. He served as a pinch hitter Sunday then followed up with his first start Monday. He'll be limited to DH for now while the Rangers monitor him for use in the field. Apparently, the injury was serious, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. "It was risky," manager Chris Woodward said. "The last thing we wanted to do was risk blowing out his UCL. There were some forearm issues, there was a ligament. It was just in a precarious place. We didn't want to risk it at all, if he makes one hard throw, have that thing blow and miss over a year." Santana, who was the Opening Day center fielder, hopes to get back there at some point this season. In the meantime, Nick Solak is manning center field.
Santana entered Sunday's game as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-1 with a walk and two RBI in a 10-6 loss to the Rockies.
Santana tapped in for designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo in the eighth inning and laced an RBI-single. He stayed in the game at DH and knocked in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. The nature of the arm injury limits Santana's deployment. Initially, he will be limited DH duty primarily and could play first or second base. With Todd Frazier locked in at first base so that Isiah Kiner-Falefa can play third, that limits Santana to second base. That could be a regular option if Rougned Odor, who homered Sunday, continues to struggle at the dish.
The Rangers activated Santana (forearm) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's game against the Rockies, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
He'll be on the bench for the Rangers in his return from the IL, as he's not included in the starting nine for the series finale. Though Santana's strained forearm isn't expected to impact him too significantly at the plate, he's apparently still limited with his throwing, as Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes that the utilityman will probably only be able to play designated hitter, first base and second base for now. Santana was off to a rough start to the season before being shut down with the injury, going 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts in four games.
Santana (arm) is close to being activated off the injured list, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Santana, who is sidelined with a sore right arm, is traveling with the Rangers for this weekend's series in Colorado, so he could join the team immediately. His arm strength is not strong enough for him to play the outfield, but Santana could enter the lineup at first or second base in addition to DH.
Santana (forearm) took live batting practice Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Santana is not ready to play the outfield, but he is nearing a point where he can hit. "Looked really good," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "I watched him throw. It's getting better. He feels like he's not as concerned when he starts to play catch. He's not 100 percent throwing. I wouldn't put him anywhere on defense, just for the risk of having to make a hard throw. He's still kind of iffy on that." Santana is eligible to come off the injured list Sunday. If he is activated, Santana is unlikely to play the field.
The Rangers placed Santana on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right forearm strain.
Texas hasn't provided a timeline for Santana's return, but he'll likely miss more than the minimum 10 days after the arm soreness that kept him on the bench the last few days turned out to be more serious than initially believed when he was sent in for an MRI. While Santana is sidelined, the Rangers are expected to turn to Nick Solak and Scott Heineman as their primary options in center field.
Santana has tightness in his forearm near his elbow and isn't expected to take the field defensively for a week, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Santana has just one hit and eight strikeouts in 17 at-bats to start the season, a slump which could be attributed to the injury. He's expected to remain on the active roster, as he can still hit and run, but it's not clear if he'll receive any starts as the designated hitter until his arm heals. Scott Heineman and Nick Solak have handled center field in his absence.
Santana (arm) is not in the lineup Saturday against the Giants.
Santana is dealing with right arm soreness that has kept him out of the past two contests. The team is bringing him along slowly as a precaution, and it's possible that he could be held out Sunday as well. Scott Heineman will take his place in center field Saturday, batting seventh.
Santana has a sore right arm and may not play in the final two games of the series against the Giants, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Santana sat out the last two games, which was attributed to his slumping start, but manager Chris Woodward reported the utility player is dealing with a sore arm. "He's OK," Woodward said. "He's just got a little arm soreness, and we're taking it easy on him. I don't want to have him throw or put him in the outfield. He felt it a couple days ago." His absence creates an opportunity for Nick Solak, who started in center field Friday.
Santana will remain sidelined Friday against the Giants.
Santana opened the year with four straight starts but now sits for the second straight contest, with Nick Solak getting the nod in center field. Santana has just a single hit and eight strikeouts in 17 trips to the plate this season.
Santana is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
With just one hit and eight strikeouts through 17 at-bats this season, Santana is one of several regulars in the Rangers lineup off to a slow start in the 60-game campaign. He'll get a chance to clear his head in the day game after a night game, allowing Scott Heineman to pick up a start in center field.
Santana was moved to second in the order and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Santana hit third in the first three games of the season, but manager Chris Woodward shook up a slumbering offense Tuesday. The lineup tweak did not jolt Santana out of his early struggles, however. He's hitless in his last 14 at-bats and 1-for-17 overall with eight strikeouts out of the gate.
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|08/23||@ SEA||L 1-4||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
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|2013||AA-New Britain Rock Cat||131||539||66||160||22||10||2||45||24||94||30||13||.297||.333||.386|
|2014||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||24||97||15||26||7||2||0||7||6||28||4||1||.268||.311||.381|
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|2015||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||35||152||24||49||10||4||3||15||7||25||6||3||.322||.348||.500|