MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that Twins starter Ervin Santana will be out 10-12 weeks after undergoing surgery on the middle finger on his throwing hand. The Twins said Santana experienced discomfort in his right middle finger after ramping up his bullpens in preparation for spring training. The injury is believed to be ” a result of repeated cumulative stress from pitching, not one acute event, and did not present again until this past week.”
Santana, 35, was among the American League’s best pitchers last year, finishing 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA and a 167/61 K/BB ratio across 211 1/3 innings. He finished seventh in AL Cy Young Award balloting.
If his recovery and rehab go as expected, Santana will make his season debut in mid-April. The right-hander is under contract for the 2018 season, earning $13.5 million. The Twins have a $14 million club option for next season.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”