Despite a strong start on Wednesday against the Reds, the Twins are moving Trevor May to the bullpen to make room for Ervin Santana, whose 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drug use ends on Sunday. That report comes from Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. Santana will start on Sunday against the Royals, opposing Danny Duffy.
May, 25, has had an up-and-down season. His ERA has never been below 4.00 despite a 71/18 K/BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings. He currently has a 4.37 ERA and has pitched beyond the sixth inning in only four of 15 starts to date.
Santana, 32, signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Twins in December. The Twins do not have to pay Santana for the time he missed due to his suspension, roughly half of $13.5 million, or around $6.75 million.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).