Ervin Santana ready to join Twins after 80-game suspension

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Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for PEDs before throwing a pitch, is now ready to join the rotation.

Santana has been “rehabbing” in the minors to prepare for being activated from the suspended list and he made his final Triple-A start Tuesday, throwing eight shutout innings.

Santana went 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in three Triple-A starts and is scheduled to make his Twins debut July 5 against the Royals. His joining the rotation means the Twins will have to go to a six-man setup for a while or bump someone, with Tommy Milone and Trevor May the most likely candidates.