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54 Ervin Santana SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/185 | Birthdate: 12/12/1982 | Birthplace: San Cristobal, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 38/3 | Average Draft Position: 167.84
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Twins' Molitor excited about Ervin Santana's return from suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:16 pm ET) Twins manager Paul Molitor is excited about starting pitcher Ervin Santana's return from an 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Santana is slated to start Sunday against the Royals.

Santana threw eight shutout innings in his final rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

“I just had a chance to look at the numbers,” Molitor said, per the Pioneer Press. “They kind of jump out at you. He was efficient, obviously effective. Command must have been good; he didn’t walk anybody. I think everyone is excited to know we’re getting a pitcher of Ervin’s caliber back here to join our club over the weekend.”


Twins SP Ervin Santana impressive in final Triple-A start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana proved he's ready to make his season debut after his final outing at Triple-A on Tuesday.

Santana tossed eight scoreless innings while allowing five hits, striking out five and he did not walk a batter over 99 pitches.

Santana is eligible to return from suspension Saturday, but is expected to start Sunday's game at Kansas City, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


Twins SP Ervin Santana (suspension) makes rehab start Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Twins right-hander Ervin Santana made his first minor league rehab start on Saturday with Triple-A Rochester. Santana, who has been serving an 80-game suspension, has missed all season so far.

On Saturday, Santana went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out three, throwing 53 of his 88 pitches for strikes. 

The veteran is eligible to return from his suspension on July 4.


Twins' Santana to make three starts in minors before activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana, who continues to finish out his 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, will make his first start for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, according to the Star Tribune

The right-hander is expected to make three starts in the minors before he is eligible to rejoin the team July 4. 

“I would think that if his starts go well in terms of health, and not so much results,”manager Paul Molitor said, “when it’s time for him to come here and pitch, that’s what’s going to happen.”


Twins P Ervin Santana ready to begin rehab assignment


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has completed a four-start stint at extended spring training and is heading to Triple-A for a rehab assignment, reports TwinCities.com.

Santana is serving an 80-game suspension and is eligible to come back July 5.

"No setbacks there yet," Twins pitching coach Neil Allen said. "Everything is going good with him. We're doing fine."


Twins pitcher Ervin Santana tosses two innings in extended spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana tossed two scoreless innings on Saturday in an extended spring traning appearance in Fort Myers, Fla., according to The St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Santana completed his appearance and then completed his 70-pitch day with a bullpen session. Santana, who is suspended for the first 80 games of the year after testing positive for steroids, is expected to throw another bullpen session Tuesday in preparation for a rehab assignment on June 18.


Twins' Ervin Santana throwing third batting practice over weekend


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Suspended Twins pitcher Ervin Santana threw a 60-pitch live batting practice session on Wednesday. 

He's scheduled to throw another session over the weekend, which would be his third time facing live batters since the start of his 80-game suspension. 

After that, he may be ready to work in an extended spring training game, per the Pioneer Press.


Twins pitcher Ervin Santana reports to extended spring training


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana reported to extended spring training last week in Fort Myers, Fla., according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Santana, who is currently serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for steroids, is eligible for return on July 4 and is using the time to get his body in shape. Santana has throw a couple of bullpen sessions and is expected to throw live batting practice next week, according to MLB.com.He will throw extended spring training before heading to Triple-A Rochester for preparation.

General manager Terry Ryan doesn't believe Santana will need more than three rehab starts to get back with the team. Santana posted a 14-10 record with a 3.95 ERA in 196 innings in 2014.


Twins GM Terry Ryan: Ervin Santana 'shouldn't make that mistake'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan was not happy about Ervin Santana's 80-game suspension, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"People are going to test positive because kids are kids and men are men," Ryan said. "Unfortunately, people make mistakes. This one's a costly one, not only for the player but for us. It's a lot of games, a lot of money. You shouldn't make that mistake."

Santana is not eligible to return to the club until July at the earliest and Ryan is expecting him to take part in some extended spring training games "sometime in May."

"I'm not too worried about him because he's been around and he knows how to get prepared," Ryan said. "There's not a whole lot we want him to do other than make sure he keeps his core in shape and his legs in shape. It works out fine."

Santana signed a $55 million deal with Minnesota last offseason and was expected to be the ace of the staff.


Twins unsure when Ervin Santana will train with team


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) With Twins pitcher Ervin Santana suspended for the first 80 games of the season, general manager Terry Ryan said he was unsure how long Santana would remain in Florida to train at the team's Fort Myers facility.

"I'm not sure exactly when he'll go back," Ryan said. "Intermittently, I suspect he'll be down there."

Ryan added that the team will not treat Santana's suspension as a disabled list stint and Santana will work to maintain his skills.

"We are going to deal with it," Ryan said. "There's nothing right now I can tell you that I can do about it other than the fact that we made some roster moves here, which I didn't anticipate. You've got to face the accountability as an organization and as a player, and that's what we're doing."


Santana suspended for PEDs; Pelfrey joins rotation, Thompson recalled


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Friday. 

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Twins said in a statement Friday. "We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”

Santana's suspension comes a day after Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was suspended 80 games for also testing positive for Stanozolol. 

The 32-year-old Santana is in his first year with the Twins after signing a four-year, $55 million contract in the offseason. He also has a $14 million team option for a fifth year.

Mike Pelfrey, who lost out on the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, will avoid a bullpen assignment and take Santana's spot in the rotation. Reliever Aaron Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Santana's roster spot.

"I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug," Santana said in a statement. "I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance. What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance. That's just not me, never has ben and never will."


Twins SP Ervin Santana suspended 80 games for PEDs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Major League Baseball announced Friday that Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance. 

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Twins said in a statement Friday. "We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”


Twins' Ervin Santana tosses five one-hit innings Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Twins pticher Ervin Santana surrendered just one hit and one walk in five scoreless innings while striking out two in Thursday's 8-5 loss to the Red Sox.

"Ervin was pretty impressive tonight against a pretty good lineup," manager Paul Molitor said after the outing, per MLB.com. "They're a good fastball-hitting team and he was able to use all his pitches effectively."

Santana ends the spring with a 1.89 ERA and 11:3 K:BB ratio in 19 innings. He'll open the season against the Tigers in Detroit Wednesday.


Twins pitcher Ervin Santana getting stronger with changeup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has made a point this spring to improve his changeup. Santana worked in his pitch more Wednesday, despite giving up three runs on four hits.

"To me, this one was better than the last one," said Santana, who threw two scoreless frames last time out. "I threw less pitches and more innings, which is what you're looking for."

Santana knows he needs to have an effective offspeed pitch.

"I just have to keep practicing," Santana said. "As a starting pitcher, you need it. Either a changeup or a split or a cutter, you need that type of pitch."


Twins SP Ervin Santana dealt first spring loss Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana was dealt his first spring loss Wednesday against the Orioles. Santana (2-1) allowed three runs on four hits in four innings during a 3-2 loss. He struck out three and issued no walks.

Santana threw a 1-2-3 first inning before running into trouble in the second inning. He allowed back-to-back singles before Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer. Delmon Young, who led off the inning with a single, was thrown out at second base trying to extend his hit to a double.

Santana then allowed another run in the third inning on Everth Cabrera's RBI groundout, which followed Dariel Alvarez's leadoff triple.

Santana finished his afternoon with a 1-2-3 fourth inning. He came into Wednesday's start having thrown four scoreless innings. His ERA now stands at 3.38.


Two shutout innings for Ervin Santana's Twins' debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Ervin Santana made his first spring training start for the Twins on Sunday. The righthander allowed two hits in two scoreless innings, striking out three.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press kept an unofficial pitch count, reporting that Santana threw 19 strikes in his 26 pitches. He threw first-pitch strikes to six of the eight batters he faced and induced six swing-and-miss strikes. 

 


Twins' Ervin Santana working with a four-pitch mix


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana is working with a four-pitch mix now, according to MLB.com.

Santana has actually been using four pitches for a few seasons now, but said he feels more confident in his repertoire these days. "Now I have more confidence and more command of my changeup and my two-seam," he said. "I started doing that in Anaheim, but everyone just says I'm fastball-slider. So I'm like, 'All right. It's just fastball-slider. This is good.'" Santana said his ability to throw his changeup and two-seamer has caught some hitters off guard. 

Santana was able to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and said he was happy with the results. "Everything was coming pretty good. I was able to keep the ball down for the most part. I threw a couple sliders and a couple of changeups that were very good. So I was happy."

The 32-year-old posted a 3.95 ERA over 196 innings last year. 


Ervin Santana has team option for 2019 and vesting option for 2020


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana will make $13.5 million per season over the next four seasons, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. His contract also includes a $14 million team option for 2019, which has a $1 million buyout.

There is also a $14 million vesting option for 2020. It vests if Santana throws 400 innings in 2017 and 2018, and throws at least 200 innings in '18. He also has to pass a physical.


Twins sign Ervin Santana to four-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Twins have signed pitcher Ervin Santana to a four-year contract, the team announced Friday.

The two sides agreed to a four-year, $54-million deal, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday. The deal includes a team option for a fifth year.

Santana declined a qualifying offer for the second straight offseason in November but was able to land a multyear contract the second time around after going 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA and 179:63 K:BB ratio in 196 innings with the Braves in 2014. His 8.2 K/9 rate marked his best strikeout rate since his only All-Star campaign in 2008. He's made at least 30 starts in each of the last five seasons.

Santana turned 32 years old Friday.


Ervin Santana agrees to four-year, $54 million deal with Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Twins have agreed to a four-year, $54 million deal with starting pitcher Ervin Santana, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal includes a team option for a fifth year.

The Braves will receive draft-pick compensation for the Twins signing Santana since the 31-year-old pitcher turned down Atlanta's one-year qualifying offer in November.

Santana went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for Atlanta in 2014. He is 119-100 with a 4.17 ERA over 10 seasons in the majors. The Twins will be his fourth MLB team.


Report: Four teams in on pitcher Ervin Santana


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) There are at least four teams in on free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Twins and Giants are both said to have interest in the 31-year-old. Minnesota has yet to make an offer to Santana, but are in the process of preparing one. The club pursued Santana last season, but he opted to accept a qualifying offer and return to the Braves. Santana is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.95 ERA over 196 innings. 


Report: Giants meeting with reps for SP Ervin Santana


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Giants are meeting with the reps for starting pitcher Ervin Santana at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, according to ESPN. Santana rejected the Braves' qualifying offer in November, which means there is draft-pick compensation attached to signing the veteran right-handed pitcher.

Report: Twins open to idea of signing SP Ervin Santana


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Twins are open to the idea of signing free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press on Tuesday. The Twins have yet to engage in talks with Santana's camp, although a source told the paper, "he loves pitching in the cold."

Santana went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts last season for the Braves.


Royals focusing on Santana, Liriano and Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Royals appear to be focusing their free-agent efforts on starting pitchers Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano, as well as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals could also consider free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel.


Hart: Braves will focus on signing 'B-tier and down' free agent SPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) With the Braves not planning to pursue any top-tier starting pitchers in free agency, president of baseball operations John Hart said the team will focus on "B-tier and down" free agent starters, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. However, the team could aim a little higher in trades.

"Money could be freed up; there’s a lot of different dynamics there," Hart said. "But from where we sit today, that would be the sort of level that we would be looking at."

The Braves have lost more than 400 innings with the departure of Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang. Although, Hart said the team might be interested in re-signing the 36-year-old Harang.

The team is also pondering offering contracts to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, who are coming off Tommy John surgery in March. It is believed the Braves are leaning toward re-signing Medlen, but with a smaller salary that includes incentives and a second-year option.