Ervin Santana Injury: Updates on Twins SP's Back and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana throws against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana missed an April 19 start against the Milwaukee Brewers with a stiff back. He hasn't played since going on the disabled list on April 26. However, he's ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Santana Activated from DL

Friday, May 6 

Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reported the team has reinstated Santana from the disabled list. The Twins sent catcher John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A to make room for Santana.

Santana Provides Solid Production in Starting Rotation

Santana has been solid through four starts this season, posting a 3.15 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 20 hits allowed in 20 innings. The Twins are looking to him for a strong bounce-back season after he only made 17 starts in 2015, as he was suspended for 80 games because of a failed performance-enhancing drug test.

Rotation depth is not an area of strength for the Twins. Santana and Ricky Nolasco are the team's only starters with an ERA under 4.42 in the early stages of 2016. 

Getting Santana back in the fold will help the Twins as they try to dig out of the cellar in the AL Central.

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