Ervin Santana is pitching well for the Twins since returning from his 80-game PED suspension


Ervin Santana signing the biggest free agent contract in Twins history at $55 million over four years and then getting suspended 80 games for a performance-enhancing drug before throwing a pitch was … well, let’s say less than ideal for Minnesota.

However, since returning from his suspension three weeks ago Santana has pitched very well for the Twins. He’s thrown scoreless ball in back-to-back starts, blanking the A’s for 7.2 innings last Friday and shutting out the Angels for eight innings yesterday.

Overall in four post-suspension starts Santana is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio in 27.2 innings while holding opponents to a .196 batting average. Of course, if he continues to pitch well and helps the Twins reach the playoffs after four straight 90-loss seasons Santana won’t be eligible to pitch in the postseason due to the new suspension rules.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.