Suspended Ervin Santana headed to Triple-A Rochester for rehab starts

BY Lindsey Foltin • June 16, 2015

Ervin Santana could be activated as early as Friday for minor-league games in preparation for his return to the majors.

The Twins right-hander, who was suspended 80 games for a positive drug test, is expected to join Triple-A Rochester for a handful of rehab starts before re-joining the big league club, according to the Star Tribune.

Santana will start his first game for the Red Wings on Saturday, Twins pitching coach Neil Allen reporters on Monday.

"There have been no setbacks in his preparation," Allen said via the Star Tribune. "Every report we've gotten says he's pitching well, looks really sharp. We've got it all mapped out now, so he'll be ready to go when he gets here."

According to the Star, Santana is expected to make three starts for the Red Wings, including June 25 at Pawtucket and June 30 in Rochester. He will stay with the Red Wings until his suspension is lifted July 4, while the Twins are in Kansas City, and make his 2015 debut against the Royals on July 5.

(h/t Star Tribune)

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