Santana was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.
The 29-year-old was called up by Atlanta at the end of April and gave up two runs on four hits with one strikeout and two walks in four appearances. Santana could return to the majors later in the year as the team rotates its bullpen pieces.
Santana was recalled by Atlanta on Friday.
Santana was picked up in a trade from Pittsburgh in early April. He hasn't pitched since 2018 due to Tommy John surgery and a PED suspension, but his 3.31 ERA in 84.1 innings of relief at the highest level suggests he can be a useful member of the Atlanta bullpen.
Santana was acquired by Atlanta from the Pirates on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.
The 29-year-old will head to the alternate training site for his new team after being designated for assignment by Pittsburgh at the start of the week. Santana last pitched in 2018 due to Tommy John surgery and a PED suspension, but he's performed well across 88 big-league appearances with a 3.31 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 74:24 K:BB over 84.1 innings.
Santana was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Santana will make room on the 40-man roster for Kyle Keller, acquired in a trade from the Angels in a corresponding move. Santana hasn't pitched since 2018 due to Tommy John surgery and a PED suspension, but his 3.31 ERA in 84.1 innings at the major-league level could lead another team to claim him off waivers.
Santana was optioned off the major-league roster Monday.
Santana was potentially in the mix for a bullpen spot but didn't help his chances with a poor spring, allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings. He hasn't appeared at the major-league level since 2018 due to Tommy John surgery and a PED suspension.
Santana gave up six earned runs on five hits and a walk while recording just one out against Baltimore on Monday.
Monday's struggles likely make it an easier decision to start Santana in the minors. The bullpen is already crowded, and the right-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and then serving a suspension for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing drug. Fortunately for Santana, MLB reduced his PED suspension from 80 to 60 games, allowing for the time served last season to suffice.
Santana made his spring debut Friday, striking out one batter in a scoreless inning against the Phillies, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
He threw seven of nine pitches for strikes, sat consistently at 93 mph with his fastball and retired the side in order. Santana missed the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and served a suspension last year after testing positive for PEDs. The 29-year-old registered a 3.26 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 66.1 innings with a 54:12 K:BB in 2018. While he's behind the likes of Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick and others for save opportunities, he could eventually move into high-leverage situations as he works his way back from a two-year absence.
The Pirates placed Santana (suspension) on the restricted list Sunday.
Pittsburgh made the move shortly after it was announced Sunday that Santana had received an 80-game suspension following his positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenon. The transaction opens up an extra spot on the 40-man roster and spells an official end to the right-hander's season, as he won't be an option with the Pirates only playing 60 games in 2020. He'll serve out the final 20 games of his suspension at the start of the 2021 season.
Santana tested positive for Boldenon and received an 80-game suspension Sunday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
Santana missed the 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery but was cleared for full participation before reporting to spring training in the spring. The 28-year-old had a 3.26 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 54:12 K:BB over 66.1 innings in 2018, but he won't be seeing game action in 2020 or early 2021.
Santana was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
Santana was able to pitch this spring after missing all of 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. While he's apparently healthy, he won't be opening the season in the big leagues despite his strong 3.31 ERA in 84.1 career innings at the highest level.
Santana, who hurled a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays on Monday, hasn't given up a run in three frames this spring.
After missing all of 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Santana has looked good in the Grapefruit League. While he's not expected to serve as Pittsburgh's closer at the start of the season, he could pitch in high leverage situations. Santana registered a 3.26 ERA, 54:12 BB:K and 20 holds in 66.1 innings in 2018.
Santana (elbow) was cleared for full participation before he reported to spring training this week, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2018, Santana was sidelined for the entire 2019 season, though he was at least able to advance to mound work in August. The right-hander apparently cleared all the remaining hurdles in the recovery process over the winter, so he should get a legitimate chance to compete for a spot in the Pirates' bullpen this spring. During his last big-league season in 2018, Santana posted a 3.26 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 54:12 K:BB in 66.1 innings.
Santana (elbow) has been throwing bullpen sessions at the Pirates' spring-training complex in Bradenton, Fla. over the past few weeks, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The same applies to Chad Kuhl (elbow), who like Santana, is also working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Both pitchers previously left the door open for returning late in the 2019 season, but the fact that neither has advanced to facing live hitters yet suggests that may no longer be a realistic goal. Assuming he avoids any further setbacks in his rehab, however, Santana should be back to full strength or close to it next spring.
Santana (elbow) threw off a slope this week, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Teams have slopes at their spring training complexes, which are essentially mini mounds. Santana is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but is not expected to return until spring training of 2020.
Santana (elbow) is now throwing on flat ground at 120 feet, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Santana looks to be progressing on schedule as he returns from Tommy John surgery and should begin throwing from the mound some time later in the year. The 27-year-old will miss the entire 2019 campaign, but should be ready to go at the start of 2020 if his rehab continues to progress smoothly.
Santana (elbow) was placed on the 60-day IL, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
He is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2019 season. Since he had the procedure in October, he could be ready for the start of the 2020 season.
Santana (elbow) recently increased his throwing distance off flat ground to 90 feet, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Both Santana and Chad Kuhl are at the same stage of their respective recoveries from Tommy John surgery and aren't expected to resume mound work until later in the season. Santana is slated to miss the entire 2019 campaign but should report to camp next spring with few restrictions, if any.
Santana (elbow) has been throwing from 75 feet this week, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Santana remains in the initial stages of his throwing program as he rehabs from the Tommy John procedure he required in early October. The right-hander should be ready to resume mound work at some point in 2019 and could even face hitters in live batting practice or a simulated-game setting, but the Pirates intend to stash him on the injured list throughout the campaign.
Santana (elbow) played catch Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Santana threw with teammate Chad Kuhl, who is recovering from a Tommy John surgery of his own. Santana will not return to game action this season, as the procedure (which he underwent in October) carries a recovery timeline of at least 12 months.
Santana (elbow) will be ready to resume throwing when spring training begins in February, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Santana underwent Tommy John surgery last September and is on track to miss all of 2019 while recovering from the procedure. The fact that he's close to throwing again suggests Santana has progressed as anticipated up to this point, but he still has several more hurdles to clear in his rehab.
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