Monday, September 22, 2014
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Santana tears Achilles' while fielding ball

THE COMEBACK bid of two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has ended because of a torn Achilles' tendon.

The injury occurred yesterday while the lefthander was pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in extended spring training. Santana was struck by a line drive, then stumbled when chasing the ball.

Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette says an MRI determined a tendon tear.

"The tendon is severed, and it will in effect end his season," Duquette said. "I know the rehab is significant for these tendon injuries. We'll have to get with him and speak to him. But he won't be able to pitch for the Orioles this season."

The 35-year-old Santana has not pitched in the majors since 2012 with the New York Mets. The lefthander missed last season after undergoing his second major shoulder surgery, then signed a minor league contract with Baltimore in March.

Santana's return appeared on course when the Orioles purchased his contract from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday and placed him on the major league disabled list.

"He was pitching well," Duquette said. "The last time out, he had his velocity and he was able to backdoor his slider. I think he had eight strikeouts and no walks, so he was right on schedule. After [yesterday], he was going to come up and join the major league team, and we were going to continue the rehab in [Double A] Bowie."

Now, however, Santana's future is up in the air.

"The skills are there," Duquette said. "He's been able to rehab his arm, but now he's got another challenge."

Santana's return appeared on course when the Orioles purchased his contract from Triple A Norfolk on Monday and placed him on the major league disabled list.

For his career, he is 139-78, with an earned run average of 3.20. He is a four-time All-Star.

In another matter, the Orioles placed righthander Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list, rather than risk sending him to the mound with a strained right oblique. The move is retroactive to May 31, so Gonzalez could return as soon as next week.

Gonzalez was scheduled to start tonight against Oakland, but manager Buck Showalter decided against it.

Noteworthy

* The San Francisco Giants activated righthander Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list and designated lefty David Huff for assignment. Cain had been sidelined since May 22 with a strained right hamstring.

* The Detroit Tigers outrighted infielder Danny Worth to Triple A Toledo after he cleared waivers. He was designated for assignment on Wednesday when shortstop Eugenio Suarez was recalled after recovering from a knee injury.

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