Orioles select the contract of Santana and place him on the DL
The Baltimore Orioles have selected the contract of Johan Santana and have played him on the 15-day DL. The Orioles had until midnight tonight to decide what to do with Santana. Santana had an opt out clause in his contract that the Orioles were worried about.
Santana has progressed greatly in his rehab and the Orioles will likely need his to be a starter. Santana’s experience will likely add to the Orioles.
Here is the Orioles press release.
Orioles select contract of LHP Johan Santana and place him on the 15-day disabled list
The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of LHP JOHAN SANTANA from Triple-A Norfolk and placed him on the 15-day disabled list (recovering from left shoulder surgery).
Santana, 35, was signed to a minor league contract on March 4. A two-time Cy Young Award winner (2004 and ’06), four-time All-Star (2005-07 and ’09) and a Gold Glove winner (2007), Santana is 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA (2025.2IP, 721ER) in 360 career games (284 starts) with the Twins and Mets since making his debut in 2000.
In five career playoff starts from 2003-06, Santana has posted a 2.93 ERA (27.2IP, 9ER). He has also made three scoreless All-Star Game appearances (3.0IP, H, 2BB, 3K; 2005-07). He is the second-winningest Venezuelan-born pitcher in baseball history behind Freddy Garcia (156) and 12 strikeouts shy of 2,000 for his career.
He will wear #57.