Ervin Santana Makes his first start of the season

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Santana to see hand specialist on Monday

Recurring pain from finger injury lands Twins starter on DL

August 19, 2018 - 10:27 am

Ervin Santana, the Twins' righthanded starter who missed much of this season following finger surgery, is back on the 10-day disabled because of pain in that same finger on his pitching hand.

The announcement was made prior to the Twins' home game Sunday against Detroit.

 Twins manager Paul Molitor said Santana would see a hand specialist on Tuesday.

Santana had a calcium deposit removed from the middle finger MCP joint in February. That is the large knuckle at the base of the finger.

He was unable to pitch during Spring Training and following rehab wasn't added to the 25-man roster until nearly six months after the operation.

Santana made his first start of the 2018 season for the Twins on July 25 in Toronto, giving up three runs on seven hits in five innings in a no-decision. The Twins won the game 12-6.

In five appearances, Santana is  0-1 with an 8.03 earned run average.

His most recent start was Aug. 16, where he gave up seven runs on seven hits in only four innings, getting a no-decision in the Twins' 15-8 victory over Detroit.

To take his spot on the roster, the Twins recalled righthanded pitcher Alan Busenitz from Class AAA Rochester.

In four seasons with the Twins, Santana is 30-25 with a 3.68 earned run average.

He was signed to a four-year, $55 million free agent contract before the 2015 season. The deal includes an option for 2019 with a $1 million club buyout.

Santana didn't pitch for the Twins until halfway through 2015 following an 80-game suspension after testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.

In a statement released at the time through the players' union, Santana said he did not know how the PED got into his system.

He made the American League All-Star team last season, going 16-8 and starting the Twins' wild card playoff loss to the Yankees in New York.

The Twins also took outfielder Robbie Grossman off the disabled list on Sunday, and optioned outfielder Johnny Field to Rochester.

Grossman missed 12 games with a right hamstring strain. 

He has played in 92 games for the Twins this season, hitting .253 (70-for-277) with 17 doubles, four home runs, 34 RBI and a .332 on-base percentage.

This is the fourth stint with the Twins this season for Busenitz. In 11 appearances he has a 3-0 record with a 6.23 earned run average.

Field this season has a single in 16 at-bats over eight games for the Twins with one RBI.