Ervin Santana sharp in first tuneup start at AAA Rochester

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Twins right-hander Ervin Santana is eligible to return from his 80-game PED suspension on July 4. He’s been throwing on the side for months and will spend the next few weeks making minor league starts to get his arm in proper game shape. The first one of those outings was Saturday at Triple-A Rochester

Not bad for a guy who had been mostly idle since March. Santana signed the biggest free agent contract in Twins history over the winter — four years, $54 million — after posting a 3.95 ERA and 179/63 K/BB ratio across 196 innings last season for the Braves. He had a 3.24 ERA in 211 innings with the Royals in 2013.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.