Santana allowed three runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Angels.
Top prospect Jackson Kowar only lasted two-thirds of an inning in his major-league debut Monday, so Santana was called on for a long relief outing. The right-hander has filled a versatile role for Kansas City this year, as seven of his 11 appearances have covered multiple innings. He's posted a decent 3.70 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 16:7 K:BB across 24.1 innings. He's most likely to see assignments as a bulk reliever or spot starter.
Santana (0-1) took the loss Saturday at Minnesota after giving up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk over three innings.
The 38-year-old made his second start of the season and threw 30 of 47 pitches for strikes, and he was removed during the fourth inning after issuing a leadoff walk. Santana could receive another start or two given the Royals don't have another scheduled off day until June 17.
Santana will start Saturday's game against Minnesota, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Santana made a spot start in mid-April, and he'll make his second start of the season at Target Field on Saturday. The right-hander has posted a 2.20 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 16.1 innings across eight appearances (one start) to begin the year.
Santana pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts in Thursday's 7-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
The right-hander worked the eighth inning and got through it without adding any extra damage. Santana has been effective in a relief role this year with a 2.20 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 10:4 K:BB across 16.1 innings. He's not likely to pitch in high-leverage situations, so there's not much the 38-year-old can offer to fantasy managers.
Santana allowed two hits and a walk with one strikeout in three scoreless innings in Tuesday's 8-7 loss to Detroit.
Starter Brady Singer lasted only 3.1 innings Tuesday in what looked like it would be a lopsided loss. Santana's strong work in the sixth through eighth innings allowed Kansas City to stage a comeback attempt, but reliever Scott Barlow allowed a walkoff single in the ninth. Santana has a 2.51 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB across 14.1 innings, primarily in a long-relief role.
Santana allowed a run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings during Friday's 9-1 loss to Minnesota.
Starter Brady Singer (heel) was pulled from the game after two innings. Santana ended up logging the most innings of any Kansas City pitcher Friday. He has a 3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 4:2 K:BB across nine innings in three appearances this season. Santana could be an option for spot starts but is most likely to see long-relief assignments.
Santana pitched two innings, allowing two runs on four hits with one strikeout in a 14-7 loss to the Rays on Tuesday.
Santana was the only one of eight Royals pitchers to complete two innings in a game that saw the Rays score early and often. The veteran right-hander has a 5.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and two strikeouts across five innings in two appearances. Santana can be expected to fill a multi-inning role in the bullpen and occasionally work as a spot starter.
Santana didn't factor into the decision in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, allowing one run on two hits over three innings while striking out one in a 3-2 win.
The veteran righty gave the Royals a solid, if short, performance in his spot start, tossing 25 of 36 pitches for strikes. The team doesn't have any vacancies in its usual rotation right now, but Santana's effort may have been enough to earn a long-relief role rather than a trip back to the alternate training site.
Santana will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
The 38-year-old had his contract selected by Kansas City on Tuesday, and he's now poised to make his season debut following Friday's postponement. Santana could receive a longer look in the rotation with a strong showing Saturday.. The right-hander didn't pitch last season and had a 9.45 ERA over 13.1 innings with the White Sox in 2019.
Santana had his contract selected by Kansas City on Tuesday.
The veteran right-hander missed out on the Royals' Opening Day roster, but he'll join the team less than two weeks into the regular season. Santana last pitched in 2019, when he posted a 9.45 ERA over 13.1 innings with the White Sox; he should fill a long-relief role for the Royals.
Santana did not make the Royals' Opening Day roster, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The 38-year-old right-hander seemed like a candidate for long relief during spring training, but Santana wasn't included on the 26-man roster. He signed a minor-league deal with the Royals in December, so he could bide his time at the alternate training site or Triple-A Omaha once the minor-league season begins.
Santana joined the Royals on a minor-league deal Tuesday.
The 38-year-old has won 149 games across his 15-year career and owns a lifetime 4.09 ERA, but his best days are far behind him. He didn't pitch at all in 2020 and didn't even have a minor-league deal with a team, hardly a surprise considering he posted an 8.53 ERA in eight starts over the prior two seasons combined. He does have quite a few strong seasons on his resume, including a 3.24 ERA for the Royals back in 2013, but his age and the fact that he's done next to nothing for the last three seasons suggest that it will be a long shot for him to even make the team.
Santana could get called up to make a spot start while Noah Syndergaard (hamstring) is on the IL, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The veteran hurler didn't look particularly good in his first start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, giving up three runs with a 5:5 K:BB through five innings, but the Mets aren't exactly flush with big-league arms. The team will need to find fill-ins for Syndergaard twice before he's eligible to return as they don't have any off-days that would allow them to juggle their rotation, so while Wilmer Font is considered the top option for Thursday's game, Santana could still be in the picture for a spot start next week -- particularly if Font struggles.
Santana signed a minor-league deal with the Mets on Friday.
Santana refused an outright assignment to Triple-A after being designated for assignment by the White Sox at the end of April, but will now head to the minors with the Mets after being unable to secure a major-league deal. The 36-year-old struggled during his three starts in Chicago with 14 runs allowed on 19 hits -- including six homers -- across 13.1 innings. Santana will start out at High-A St. Lucie before likely moving up to Triple-A Syracuse.
Santana refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and elected free agency.
In eight starts over the last two seasons, the 36-year-old has an 8.53 ERA. He'll hope to find a team with a need in the rotation but may have to settle for a minor-league deal.
Santana was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Friday.
Santana made three starts for the White Sox, none of which were particularly good. He owns a 9.45 ERA while striking out just 7.8 percent of opposing batters. Add in his struggles in five starts with the Twins last year, and he now has an 8.53 ERA (and an equally ugly 8.51 FIP) over the last two seasons. The 36-year-old may have to prove himself in the minors before earning his next major-league opportunity.
Santana (0-2) took the loss Wednesday, giving up four runs on six hits over 4.2 innings while striking out one as the White Sox dropped a 4-3 decision to the Orioles.
The right-hander got lifted after 71 pitches (48 strikes), and Santana has yet to pitch in the sixth inning in any of his three starts so far. He served up another homer -- his sixth in 13.1 innings -- and his 9.45 ERA and 5:6 K:BB suggest the 36-year-old doesn't have much left to offer a big-league club. If the White Sox don't make any changes to their rotation, Santana would next take the mound Monday for a rematch with the O's back in Chicago.
Santana will start Wednesday in Baltimore, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Santana had been Saturday's scheduled starter, but the game was rained out. Instead of pushing all starters up a day, manager Rick Renteria pushed Santana out until Wednesday.
Santana won't start Sunday's series finale against the Tigers, with Reynaldo Lopez getting the nod for that game instead, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Santana had been scheduled to start Saturday, but that contest was postponed due to inclement weather in Detroit. Rather than simply pushing each of their rotation members back a day in the pitching schedule, the White Sox will reorder their starters to ensure Lopez gets a turn against one of their division rivals. With Lucas Giolito (hamstring) recently landing on the injured list, the White Sox were set to require a new fifth starter for their series next week with the Orioles, but there's a decent chance the team has Santana fill the opening for one of the three games.
Santana won't make his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers after the game was postponed due to inclement weather in Detroit, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
The two teams will make up the postponed contest as part of a doubleheader Aug. 6. The White Sox haven't clarified how the postponement will affect their pitching schedule, but it's possible that Santana gets bumped to the back of the order after a pair of underwhelming turns to open the season. If that's the case, Santana's next turn would likely come next weekend in Baltimore.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/07||@ LAA||L 3-8||4.0||3||3||2||4|
|06/04||vs MIN||W 14-5||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|05/29||@ MIN||L 5-6||1||3.0||4||3||1||2|
|05/27||@ TB||L 2-7||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|05/14||@ CHW||L 1-3||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/11||@ DET||L 7-8||3.0||2||0||1||1|
|05/09||vs CHW||L 3-9||0.1||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||20.2||3||3||0||3||0||0||11||4||17||1.78||1.040|
|2018||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||10.1||3||3||0||0||2||0||7||1||7||3.56||0.792|
|2018||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||11.2||2||2||0||0||1||0||8||4||6||3.21||0.893|
|2019||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||13.0||3||3||0||1||1||0||11||3||15||4.85||1.385|