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.