Ervin Santana ready to join Twins after serving 80-game suspension

July 2, 2015

With his suspension behind him, Ervin Santana is now ready to join the Twins.

Santana, who signed a four-year, $55 million deal with Minnesota this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for PEDs in April, completed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday night.

The veteran righty pitched eight shutout innings, giving up five hits and walking five in a 1-0 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox.

"Everything was good," Santana told the Star Tribune. "Location was great, off-speed, fastball, it was good."

In his three starts with the Red Wings, Santana went 3-0 with 11 strikeouts, four walks and a 1.74 ERA in 20 2/3 innings of work.

"This was a nice tuneup for Ervin," Wings manager Mike Quade said via the Star Tribune. "It should have him set up to go. His arm strength is good.

"The test comes at the next level, obviously."

Santana is scheduled to make his Twins debut July 5 against the Royals.

(h/t Star Tribune)