Santana is expected to open the year as Cleveland's designated hitter, MLB.com's Mandy Bell reports.
The Indians have a couple sluggers (Santana and Franmil Reyes) who would ideally be deployed at DH, but Santana is the worse defender of the two. He will need to hit out of the gate to continue getting regular starts at DH, as the Indians have players like Jake Bauers, Bradley Zimmer and Bobby Bradley waiting in the wings.
Manager Terry Francona did not express concern over Santana's poor performance at the plate during spring training, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Santana collected only five hits while striking out 10 times in 25 plate appearances before spring training was put on pause. However, Francona cited his bat speed and defensive play as reasons for optimism, despite his poor performance at the dish. Santana is projected to be the team's starting left fielder, and his path to playing time got clearer after the club sent Bobby Bradley to the minors Thursday.
Santana agreed to a major-league contract with the Indians on Wednesday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The deal won't be official until the 27-year-old passes a physical, but he's poised to join the Indians after being non-tendered by the Mariners in December. Santana had a .253/.329/.441 slash line with 21 home runs and 69 RBI in 121 games last season, but he missed about a month with an elbow strain and continued his career-long struggles defensively. Cleveland is without top-level talent in the outfield, so Santana could certainly carve out a sizable role with a decent showing in spring training.
Santana wasn't tendered a contract ahead of Monday's non-tender deadline, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Santana will become a free agent after the Mariners declined to tender him a contract. He slashed .253/.329/.441 with 21 home runs, 69 RBI and eight stolen bases over 121 games a season ago.
Santana (elbow) won't return to the starting lineup until the weekend series in Baltimore, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
Santana returned from the injured list Tuesday, but he's expected to limited to pinch-hit duty for his first three games back. He'll be a designated hitter when he first returns to the starting lineup.
Santana (elbow) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Santana will wind up missing just shy of a month with an elbow strain. He's expected to be used primarily as a pinch hitter initially, since he hasn't been able to get into any rehab games, but he should eventually reclaim a spot in the starting lineup.
Santana (elbow) will be activated from the injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Pirates, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Santana is poised to jump back into game action after a near-month-long absence, as he originally was placed on the injured list Aug. 19. The expectation is that Santana will be used in a pinch-hit capacity during the three-game set against Pittsburgh, and that he'll subsequently be available for occasional starts at designated hitter or even in the outfield beginning with a weekend series in Baltimore. "He hasn't had any at-bats or anything for quite a while, but we'll try to slowly work him in there," manager Scott Servais said. "It's tough [without a Minor League rehab]. I had it happen to me my rookie year. I broke my hand and sat six weeks, and came back in mid-September and took another 0-for-11. It's just what happens this time of year."
Santana (elbow) has upped his throwing distance to a minimum of 150 feet, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The news has largely been positive for Santana over the last several days, with the slugger also taking batting practice regularly without issue. The possibility remains that Santana makes a pinch-hit appearance or two during the current weekend series versus the White Sox, and he's slated for DH duties at minimum during the Mariners' final road trip of the season that begins Tuesday. Moreover, given the increasingly better shape his elbow seems to be in, the possibility of Santana making a few outfield starts before the season concludes also exists.
Santana (elbow) took batting practice prior to Thursday's game, and the possibility of him filling the designated hitter role or pinch hitting at some point during the three-game weekend series versus the White Sox remains in play, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Santana's condition has been trending upward throughout the week, and manager Scott Servais could well opt to break him back in slowly after a multi-week absence by having him log a plate appearance or two over the three-game set versus Chicago. However, Johns reports that Santana's likeliest return to the starting lineup is still during the Mariners' final road trip of the season that begins next Tuesday versus the Pirates.
Santana (elbow) could be activated to get some at-bats this weekend against the White Sox, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Divish says that Santana could return this weekend or on next week's road trip. He hit .131 with a 44.8 percent strikeout rate in 25 second-half games prior to landing on the shelf.
Santana (elbow) started swinging a bat this weekend, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Santana has been playing catch from 60 feet with no issues, and he's now advanced to taking swings for the first time since landing on the injured list Aug. 20. The 27-year-old has no set timeline for his return, but manager Scott Servais said he could resurface before the end of the season.
Santana (elbow) has been playing catch from 60 feet without any issues, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I'm curious to see where he's at when we get home," manager Scott Servais said. "I don't think he's swung a bat yet. I know he wants to get out there, too, before the season is over. If he feels fine with the bat, I wouldn't have a problem running him out there at DH. Probably not every day, but certainly against left-handed pitching..."
The slugger has been out of action since Aug. 19 with elbow inflammation, so his return to throwing is certainly an encouraging sign. The plan is for Santana to continue increasing the distance on his catch sessions for the time being, and Servais' comments also indicate he wouldn't hesitate to get Santana at-bats without putting his elbow through the additional rigors of playing the outfield if the 27-year-old is swinging the bat well.
Santana has yet to begin throwing during his recovery from elbow inflammation, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Santana landed on the 10-day injured list last Monday after struggling with his elbow for weeks prior. The Mariners are being cautious with the slugger, who's been a bright spot during their losing campaign. Santana is slated to be shut down for 10-to-14 days before he even begins testing the arm, and manager Scott Servais emphasized Santana won't be activated until he feels "completely healthy swinging."
The Mariners placed Santana on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with right elbow inflammation.
Santana has been battling soreness in the elbow since late July, but he had been able to avoid the IL while serving in a designated-hitter-only role. The elbow was still clearly affecting his timing at the plate, however, as Santana batted just .122 with a 46.6 percent strikeout rate in 15 games since he was first diagnosed with the injury. Though Santana is expected to ramp up his throwing program in preparation for a return to the outfield at some point in September, the Mariners will put him on the shelf for now since he isn't providing any value at the plate. Seattle replaced Santana on the active roster with prospect Jake Fraley, who should assume an everyday role in the outfield while Daniel Vogelbach takes over at DH.
Santana went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Blue Jays.
Benched for the past three games after a major slide at the plate, Santana rejoined the starting nine for the series finale but didn't demonstrate any improvement from his recent poor form. After another hitless performance, Santana is now off to a 2-for-30 start to August and sports a 50 percent strikeout rate. On a positive note, Greg Johns of MLB.com relays that Santana has recently begun a light throwing program after a strained right elbow has limited him to designated-hitter duties for the past three weeks. He'll gradually increase the intensity of his throwing activity and is expected to resume action in the outfield before the season ends.
Santana is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
He has not started since Wednesday, and Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports that Santana is getting a mental break due to his recent struggles at the plate. Dylan Moore is starting in right field, hitting ninth. Divish expects Santana to be back in the lineup either Sunday or Monday.
Santana is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Blue Jays, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Santana hasn't started in the outfield since July 23 while nursing a strained right elbow, but he's nonetheless been a lineup fixture at designated hitter. The 27-year-old finds himself on the bench for the second straight contest as he has a .071/.257/.071 slash line over 10 games in August.
Santana is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Santana hasn't logged a start in the outfield since July 23 while managing a strained right elbow, but he's remained a mainstay in the lineup as Seattle's designated hitter. It's still worth wondering if the injury may be impacting his swing, as he's recorded just six hits in 45 at-bats (.133 average) while striking out 46.3 percent of the time since he first missed time with the injury. He'll just be getting a breather with the Tigers and Mariners concluding their series with a day game, but Santana could be subject to more frequent days off in the weeks to come if he fails to demonstrate much progress at the dish.
Santana is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Daniel Vogelbach will start as the designated hitter as Austin Nola will handle first base and bat sixth against right-hander Charlie Morton. Santana has started the last 10 games, going 6-for-36 with 19 strikeouts over that span. The 27-year-old is slashing .266/.330/.442 in 352 plate appearances against righties but has been in a slump since being limited to designated hitter duties last Tuesday.
Santana will be limited to designated hitter duties until further notice in order to continue resting his strained right elbow, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Santana missed three games late last month with the elbow strain, and with no postseason aspirations, the Mariners will continue to remain cautious with his injury. With outfield reinforcements in the form of Braden Bishop (chest) and Mitch Haniger (groin) both trending toward returns later in August, manager Scott Servais may have the luxury of keeping Santana at DH for the remainder of the season if necessary.
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