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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: Johan Santana placed on DL

By on 6/03/2014 06:15:00 AM

The Baltimore Orioles head into a series against the Texas Rangers today with a 28-27 record, third in the American League East. They are keeping themselves in thick of things in the division despite a pitching staff that is 24th in the Major Leagues in ERA at 4.21. There is some good news, sort of, on pitcher Johan Santana, who was called up from Triple-A Norfolk. But don't expect to see Santana any time soon, as he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

As reported by Tim Healey of, Santan underwent surgery in April 2013 to repair his torn shoulder capsule and continues to recover from the surgery.  He signed a Minor League contract with the Orioles in March, but has yet to appear in a game at any level.  The last time he pitched in a game was back in August 2012 while with the Mets.

When Santana is ready to join the Orioles, he'll join a rotation that consists of Chris Tillman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris. The Orioles rotation has had only 20 quality starts this season, which ranks 27th in the league.

Santana, a 12-year Major League veteran, has pitched for the Twins and the Mets. He is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All Star. During his last season in 2012, he went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts. Santana has a career record of 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA. In 2,025 2/3 innings, he's allowed only 1,726 hits and 567 walks, while striking out 1,988.

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