Santana will be the Rangers' primary center fielder, at least early in the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The team has been testing Nick Solak at the position this spring, and while he looks comfortable, Santana will get the majority of the work there for now. Santana started everywhere except pitcher and catcher last season, so the Rangers will be able to get him in the lineup as long as he's hitting well. Anything close to a repeat of last season's .283/.324/.534 line that was partly comprised of 28 homers and 21 steals will make him a very valuable player for Texas and fantasy owners; however, Santana hit just .219/.256/.319 over the previous four seasons combined, so a repeat can hardly be guaranteed.
Santana (calf) will start in center field and bat leadoff in Monday's Cactus League game against the Reds.
Santana experienced cramping in his calf in his spring debut Friday, but he's apparently good to go after taking the past two days off to rest and recover. The fact that the Rangers are willing to use him in the outfield rather than as a designated hitter suggests the team isn't concerned about his health.
Santana downplayed the tightness he experienced in his left calf during Friday's spring opener as "just a cramp," T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward was optimistic when talking about Santana's activity over the weekend and plans to put him in the lineup Monday against the Reds. "He is pretty much doing everything," Woodward said. "As of right now, everything seems normal. He is jumping around and passing all the tests." Santana was scheduled to have the day off Saturday and was then held out as a precaution Sunday. He will have a significant role for Texas in 2020, likely as the primary center fielder unless Woodward prefers him in a utility role. The Rangers also plan to use infielder Nick Solak in center field -- he started there Sunday -- to see how he adapts to the position.
Santana was lifted from Friday's Cactus League opener against the Royals due to left calf tightness.
The team labeled his removal as precautionary, but it's still a rough start to spring training for the 29-year-old. Santana started in center field and went 0-for-1 before exiting the game after the first frame. The injury appears minor, but he'll likely take things easy for a couple days before potentially returning to game action.
Santana agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Rangers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
This is his second of three arbitration-eligible seasons, and he gets a significant raise after a surprisingly productive 2019 season. Santana will enter camp as the team's starting center fielder.
Santana went 0-for-3 with two stolen bases, a pair of walks and a run scored in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Yankees.
Santana and Shin-soo Choo performed a double-steal in the first inning, and both scored on Rougned Odor's double to put the Rangers ahead. Santana's second walk of the game came in the third, and he stole second again, giving him 21 swiped bags this year. The versatile veteran has added 28 homers, 80 RBI and 80 runs scored while slashing .282/.322/.535 in 129 games.
Santana went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.
Santana launched the home run off James Paxton in the first inning, good for his 28th long ball of the season. The 28-year-old outfielder is batting .284/.321/.538 with 80 RBI, 79 runs scored and 19 stolen bases.
Santana went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 12-3 loss to the Athletics.
Santana took starter Sean Manaea deep in the sixth inning, a bit of personal revenge after getting hit by the pitcher in the fourth. Santana is slashing .284/.319/.533 with 26 homers, 18 stolen bases, 72 RBI and 74 runs scored in 123 games this year.
Santana is not starting Sunday against Oakland.
Santana has gone 7-for-22 with seven homers and eight RBI over his last six games. Ronald Guzman starts at first base Sunday.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, a pair of runs and a walk in Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Athletics.
Santana got aboard with a single in the fourth, then stole second and scored on a Delino DeShields groundout. Santana's other run came on a Rougned Odor homer in the second. The 28-year-old has been a solid five-category contributor this season, with a .286 average, 25 homers, 71 RBI, 73 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 119 games. Four of his steals have come in the last five games.
Santana went 1-for-3 with a walk, a three-run home run, a second run scored and a stolen base in Friday's 14-9 loss to the A's.
The homer was his 25th of the year but his first since Aug. 30, with Santana slashing a meek .229/.308/.229 in the 10 games between long balls. The steal was also his third in the last four contests, giving him 16 on the season. The 28-year-old appears to be making a late push for a 20/20, or even a 30/20, campaign.
Santana went 0-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases Tuesday in the Rangers' 5-3 loss to the Rays in 11 innings.
He stole both his bags in the bottom of the ninth inning off lefty Colin Poche, who stranded Santana at third base while inducing an Isiah Kiner-Falefa flyout for the final out of the frame. Now up to 15 steals to go along with his 24 home runs, Santana has been one of the top waiver-wire finds this season, but his productivity has been trending downward since the beginning of August. He's slashing just .197/.218/.408 with eight home runs and three stolen bases during his last 35 games.
Santana is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Baltimore.
Santana received the last two starts at third base and went 3-for-9 with a run scored and two RBI, but he'll take a seat in the series finale. Isiah Kiner-Falefa receives the start at the hot corner while Ronald Guzman starts at first base Sunday.
Santana made a second straight start at third base and went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 9-4 win over Baltimore.
Santana appears to be getting a look at the hot corner, a position that will be wide-open as the Rangers enter the offseason, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. He made a couple of nice plays on hard-hit grounders and handled a ninth-inning sacrifice bunt with aplomb, but he also had a throwing error. "Yeah, he looks good over there," manager Chris Woodward said. "I know he has been working hard, but you never know how it's going to translate. I think playing first has helped him because when you play the corners, you get similar balls from left-handers [at first base] as you do from right-handers. The way he played first base -- he attacked a lot of balls -- playing third would be easier if you have that attack mentality. Typically, the guys who struggle at third base let the ball play them. He's not afraid to attack." Before the organization explores what are expected to be enticing free-agent options during the offseason -- Anthony Rendon, Mike Moustakas and Josh Donaldson -- internal options are being assessed. Those options also include Nick Solak and Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
Santana started at third base Friday for the fourth time this season and eighth time of his career, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. He went 1-for-4 in a 7-6 win over Baltimore.
Santana has played several positions during his career but is least experienced at the hot corner. Despite that history, the Rangers are considering him for their wide-open third base spot next season and want to see if he can handle it.
Santana is not in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles.
Santana has started the past four games and gone 3-for-16 (.188) with seven strikeouts and zero walks. Logan Forsythe is manning first base in his stead for Thursday's series opener in Baltimore, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa getting the start at third base.
Santana started in right field and went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees.
Santana filled in for the injured Nomar Mazara (oblique), who otherwise would have been in the lineup against the right-handed Chad Green. How times have changed for Santana, who was batting .330 on Aug. 2. Since then, he's gone 23-for-126 (.183), dropping his season average to .285. With Mazara and Hunter Pence (back) idle, Santana will share right field with Shin-Soo Choo and Nick Solak.
Santana is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mariners.
Santana has started the past seven games, going 3-for-30 with three home runs and 15 strikeouts during that stretch. Logan Forsythe is starting at first base in his place Saturday, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa starting at the hot corner.
Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-3 win over the Mariners.
The switch hitter had only 13 career homers in 364 MLB games coming into 2019, so Santana's 24 long balls this season is one of the most stunning totals in the entire league. The 28-year-old has added a .289/.315/.554 slash line and 13 steals to his ledger while playing every position on the diamond except pitcher and catcher, and he heads into September as the likely favorite for the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award.
Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Angels.
Santana entered this season with just 13 homers over 364 games, but he cracked his 23rd home run in the eighth inning. While he's hit a dry patch during August (.210), seven of Santana's 21 hits this month have left the yard.
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