by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana is at first base Tuesday.
Santana has been fantastic this season, and will remain in the lineup at first. The team is trying to give third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall some time off, and has shuffled their normal lineup.
Carlos Santana slugs sixth home run
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana continued his season-long hot streak with his sixth home run in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.
Santana finished 2 for 3 with a walk and the home run. He's now hitting an absurd .379/.471/.690. His batting average ranks second to Miguel Cabrera and his on-base and slugging percentages each lead the major leagues among players qualified for the batting title.
Carlos Santana has AL slash-line triple crown
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana is hitting .395 with a .483 on-base percentage and a .711 slugging percentage. All three lead the American League.
Santana has walked in 14.6 percent of plate appearances and already has 14 extra-base hits. He has shown flashes of this talent throughout his first three seasons, and if April is any indication, 2013 could be a breakout year if he can avoid injuries.
Carlos Santana reaches base four times vs. Phillies
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana hit his fifth home run of the season Tuesday night against the Phillies.
Santana hit a two-run shot in the first inning off starter Roy Halladay. He finished 1 for 2 with three walks, a run scored and two RBI in a 14-2 victory.
Santana has gone 6 for 10 with four walks, three runs scored, a home run and four RBI in his last four games. He is hitting .389 in 72 at-bats.
Carlos Santana's average climbs to .388
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana collected a couple of hits in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Royals and had an even better performance in the nightcap. He went 4 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored in the 10-3 win. All four of his hits went for singles.
Santana finished the day 6 for 9, raising his average from .345 to .388.
Carlos Santana back in action
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana played for the first time since Monday against the Royals Saturday night. After missing time with an illness, he went 1 for 4 with a single in the 3-2 loss.
The 27-year-old is batting .345 with four home runs and nine RBI.
Carlos Santana returns to action Friday
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana is back in the Indians lineup Friday, Newsradio WTAM reports.
Santana has been out of the lineup since April 22 due to an illness. Expect him to return to an everyday role (or very close). Santana is hitting .352/.435/.704 with four home runs and seven doubles in 54 at-bats.
Carlos Santana's defense improving
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) The Indians have been pleased with catcher Carlos Santana's defensive progress, but they believe he has plenty of room to grow.
"He's had a hot start offensively," Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. told MLB.com. "I think he's still working behind the plate. I mean, he's still further ahead offensively than defensively, but he's doing the job, and he's taking more pride in his defense."
Santana said his communication with pitchers is also improving.
"In the years before, I tried to talk to them, but I was a little shy," Santana said. "But this year I feel comfortable, and the pitchers will come to me when I'm playing."
Part of the reason for his communication struggles has been his limited English, but it appears that's becoming less of a concern.
"That's been a big turnaround for him," Alomar said. "When it comes to getting everything better, from a catching point of view, and for the pitchers, you have to have good communication. His language has to get better in order for him to do that. That will open up a whole world of possibilities. If you restrict yourself with communicating, it's going to be hard for you to improve behind the plate. That's a big key for him, and he's doing much better with that."
Illness keeps Carlos Santana sidelined
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana was scratched from Wednesday's lineup at Chicago White Sox because he's been under the weather the last two days. Lou Marson came off the disabled list to start at catcher for Cleveland.
Santana is batting .286 (6 for 21) with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI in his last five games. He is day to day.
Carlos Santana hits third homer
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana went 2 for 5 with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored Saturday night against the Astros. Santana also walked once in the 19-6 win.
The 27-year-old led off the third inning with his third homer, and in the fifth, he drove in Mike Aviles with a double.
Santana is 4 for 19 (.211) with three RBI in six games since returning from a wrist injury.
Carlos Santana goes hitless in return
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana, who missed a little over a week with a wrist injury, had an uneventful return Tuesday night against the Red Sox.
Santana could not muster a hit in his first game back as he finished 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .433/.514/.767 with two home runs and five RBI over his first 30 at-bats.
Carlos Santana returns to the Indians' lineup Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana is in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Santana has missed a little over a week after taking a ball off the wrist when he was behind the plate. Santana will assume the third spot in the batting order.
Carlos Santana's hand still keeping him out of lineup
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013)Carlos Santana is out of the lineup for the Indians' Sunday game against the White Sox, MLB.com reports.
Santana has been dealing with a hand injury and hasn't played with April 8. He is expected to be ready to play again for the Indians' next game Tuesday.
Carlos Santana not ready to return
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana changed his mind about playing Saturday against Chicago, MLB.com reports. Santana took himself out of the lineup.
The backstop participated in batting practice and felt it was too soon to return from his left thumb contusion. Santana is considered day-to-day.
Carlos Santana back behind plate
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana, who had been out since Monday after hurting his left thumb, was able to return to the starting lineup Saturday against Chicago, as expected. Santana will bat sixth.
Santana will look to extend his three-game hitting streak. He's hit in six of his seven games this year for a .500 average with two homers, four doubles and five RBI.
Santana suffered a left thumb bruise catching closer Chris Perez in Monday's game. He has yet to play since, but X-rays on the thumb were negative and if his return doesn't come Saturday, it should within the next few days.
Carlos Santana seeking return Friday
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana (wrist) was held out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees, which was postponed by rain, but he's hoping to return for Cleveland's series opener against the White Sox on Friday, MLB.com reports. Santana has not played since Monday due to a sore wrist, but hit in the indoor batting cages Thursday.
"I asked him, 'If you had your choice, when would you play?' He said, 'Tomorrow,'" manager Terry Francona said. "I don't think that's going to happen, but I think that's really good news. That means he's not very far off and that the process is moving along quickly."
Carlos Santana not in Thursday's lineup
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana is not in the starting lineup Thursday.
This marks the second-straight game missed by Santana after he bruised his thumb Monday. Santana was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday, but the game was postponed. The injury is not considered serious, and Santana could return soon. Yan Gomes will start in his place.
Carlos Santana misses another start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game Wednesday against the Yankees because of a bruised left thumb. Yan Gomes once again started in Santana's absence.
Indians hope Carlos Santana only out a few days
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Indians manager Terry Francona said catcher Carlos Santana is day-to-day with a bruised left thumb, an injury he suffered Monday against the Yankees. Yan Gomes replaced Santana in the lineup Tuesday.
Francona added he's hopeful Santana will need just a few days off before returning to the lineup.
Indians lineup sans Carlos Santana
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Yankees after suffering a bruised left thumb Monday. Yan Gomes, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus after Lou Marson (neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, started at catcher for Cleveland.
Santana is considered day-to-day after X-rays came back negative on his thumb.
Carlos Santana's thumb OK after X-rays
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana, who suffered a bruised left thumb during Monday's game against the Yankees and had to be taken for X-rays, was rewarded with positive news, reports MLB.com. Santana did not break the thumb.
The X-rays came back negative and Santana is considered day-to-day.
Carlos Santana suffers scary thumb injury
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana suffered a scary injury Monday in the home-opening loss to the Yankees. Santana was crossed up on a Chris Perez fastball and took it flush off the wrist of his glove hand.
He went down in pain as Vernon Wells took third base on the passed ball. Santana was diagnosed with a left thumb contusion but needs X-rays to determine the severity, according to MLB.com. He was replaced by Lou Marson.
Santana was 1 for 2 with two walks before leaving and is batting .500 with a hit in six of his seven games, including two homers and five RBI.
Carlos Santana homers in three-hit night
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Indians catcher Carlos Santana picked up his first home run of the season as part of a three-hit performance in his team's 10-8 loss to the Blue Jays Thursday night. He finished just a triple short of the cycle.
Santana is hitting .462/.500/.846 in 14 plate appearances through his first three games of 2013. His Indians will face the Rays in Tampa this weekend.
Carlos Santana getting up to speed
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday catcher Carlos Santana's transition to major-league camp after playing in the World Baseball Classic has gone well, according to MLB.com. But Santana is still working to learn the club's various signs and also needs to catch a couple of relievers he hasn't worked with yet.
"He was ahead of the game behind the plate because he caught so much," Francona said of Santana's stint with the Dominican Republic. "He caught more there than he would've with us. There's only two relievers he hasn't caught, and we'll make sure he catches them in the next couple of days."
Santana is batting .261 (6 for 23) with a homer and seven RBI in nine spring games for Cleveland. He hit .273 (6 for 22) with two homers and three RBI in eight games for the Dominican Republic.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) One storyline I'm eager to watch this season is if Indians catcher Carlos Santana is ready for a breakout season.
Santana's has had some good power numbers in the past, but he's yet to match the production he had in the minors. In case you are unfamiliar, Santana hit .290 with a .401 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage and .900 OPS in 527 minor-league games. If he posts those kind of numbers in the majors, then he would challenge Buster Posey as the top Fantasy catcher.
I'm thinking with all the lineup upgrades Cleveland made this offseason that Santana might finally have the lineup protection he needs to get closer to what he did in the minors.
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (1/26/2013) With a new manager taking over the Indians this year in Terry Francona, the move is also expected to bring some stability for catcher Carlos Santana. That means Santana will be staying put behind the plate this season with only the occasional respites at first base or as the designated hitter. "The idea of a catcher who can produce offensively, I think gives us that much more of an advantage," Francona told MLB.com on Friday. "The idea is for him -- while hopefully producing a lot offensively -- to understand how much he has to take care of the staff, and we'd like him to catch as much as possible."