Twins won't get Ervin Santana back until June, says manager Paul Molitor

Santana has been out since undergoing surgery in early February.
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Twins manager Paul Molitor told WCCO Radio Thursday morning that Ervin Santana is expected to return to the Twins' starting rotation in early June. 

That's a month beyond the original 10-12 week timeline the Twins gave when they announced that Santana needed surgery to alleviate discomfort in the middle finger of his right hand. 

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Santana was an All-Star for the Twins in 2017 and he was expected to anchor a much improved starting rotation in 2018, but his injury coupled with struggles by free agent acquisition Lance Lynn (0-3, 8.37 ERA) made the rotation more unreliable than expected. 

The Twins got a breath of fresh air Wednesday from rookie Fernando Romero when he pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings to help the Twins win for just the third time in their last 15 games.

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