Skip to main content

Twins' Ervin Santana sidelined for up to 3 months

It's a pretty big blow to start the season.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

Ervin Santana was an All-Star a season ago, but that almost certainly won't be the case in 2018 now that he's likely going to miss the first full month of the season. 

The Twins announced Tuesday evening that Santana needs surgery (or has already had the surgery, it's unclear) to repair discomfort in the middle finger of his pitching hand. 

Santana will begin rehabbing this week and is expected to return in 10-12 weeks. That puts him out until sometime between April 17-May 8.

The right-hander felt discomfort in the finger late last season but the Twins determined surgery wasn't necessary, and Santana was fine until the pain returned recently. 

With Santana out, Minnesota's starting rotation to begin the season now only appears to have two locks: Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson. 


Fernando Romero and Stephen Gonsalves could be long-term starters for Twins

Adalberto Mejia, Phil Hughes, Stephen Gonsalves and Fernando Romero are expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. 

There's also Yu Darvish and other top flight free agents still waiting to sign. 

Stay tuned.

Next Up

Great Dane Rescue and Sanctuary

Emaciated Great Danes rescued after being found living in minivan

Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin posted that two of the dogs are in "rough condition" and "barely hanging on."

Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 10.28.52 AM

2 years since George Floyd's killing, Biden signs exec order on policing

The signing comes on the second anniversary of Floyd's murder by police in south Minneapolis.


Lutsen Mountains owner to buy Michigan ski resort

The Skinner family has operated alpine ski areas in the Midwest for 60 years.


Mayo Clinic, CDC address concerns over monkeypox in the US

The CDC does not currently think there is a significant threat to the general public.

police tape

Charges: Man killed brother, left body in homemade camper for 7 months

James Robert Hess, 48, faces second-degree murder charges for the death of his 52-year-old brother, William Harold Hess Jr.


Minnesota forecast: Hot, humid and severe storm chances

Bring Me The News meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says right now the best chance for storms looks like Sunday/Sunday night.

Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota

Minnesota's biggest Thai festival to be hosted in front of State Capitol

The Thai New Year, or Songkran, is one of the most celebrated holidays in Thailand.

police tape, crime scene

Man dies after being shot in the head in St. Cloud

Investigators believe the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.


Uvalde school massacre: MN Democrats call for action, Republicans prayers

The tragedy in Texas has sparked different reactions from Minnesota's congressional delegation.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud man fires shot at police in hours-long standoff, surrenders

Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 37, was arrested just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after he surrendered.

New baby zebra at the Como Zoo.

St. Paul's Como Zoo welcomes new baby zebra

The baby is yet to be named, and the zoo is planning an event for visitors to help with the decision.


Twins not bringing back Ervin Santana, Logan Morrison

The moves clear another $22 million from the payroll.

3 reasons why the Twins shouldn't trade Ervin Santana

Bartolo Colon might have an indication of whether Ervin Santana stays or goes.

3 reasons why the Twins shouldn't trade Ervin Santana

Bartolo Colon might have an indication of whether Ervin Santana stays or goes.

Twins don't expect Ervin Santana to return until June

Santana has been out since undergoing surgery in early February.