Ervin Santana Out 10-12 Weeks After Finger Surgery

Posted February 08, 2018

Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana will miss the start of the regular season after unexpected surgery on his right middle finger.

Santana apparently felt some pain in his finger last week after dialing up the intensity in his bullpen sessions leading up to spring training. Team officials say the injury was the result of cumulative stress from pitching and not one event, and didn't surface again until last week. Ervin was then reexamined by Dr. [Charles] Melone and it was determined that the best course of action was to address this with a surgical procedure. He will begin rehabilitation this week. He was almost certain to give the team 30 starts, 180 innings, a mid-3 ERA, and solid peripheral numbers, something he's done his entire time in Minnesota - and really since he discovered his two-seam fastball and change to add to his devastating slider in 2013 while with the Royals.

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Santana pitched just one inning in the Twins' Wild Card playoff game loss to the New York Yankees. Minnesota expected him to be a cornerstone of their rotation this year, but he will now be out for at least a couple of months as he recovers from surgery.

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