Twins right-hander Ervin Santana is likely to miss the rest of the 2018 season with a right middle finger injury, manager Paul Molitor told reporters Saturday. Santana is currently undergoing multiple PRP treatments on his finger, but it looks like that won’t be enough to guarantee his return before the regular season draws to a close at the end of the month.
It’s been a long, slow road to recovery for the 35-year-old righty, who followed up an All-Star appearance in 2017 with just five starts at the major-league level in 2018. He began the season on the disabled list after undergoing a capsular release and debridement procedure on his finger in February, then lost approximately 4.5 months of the season to continued rehab. Given more time to recuperate over the offseason, the hope is that he will be able to return to full strength by spring training in 2019, though there’s no guarantee either way.
Santana will finish his abbreviated 2018 campaign with an 0-1 record in five starts and an 8.03 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 5.8 SO/9 across 24 2/3 innings. He’s in the last year of his four-year, $54 million contract with the Twins, but still has a $14 million club option remaining for the 2019 season. Over four years in Minnesota, he’s compiled a cumulative 30-25 record in 85 starts with a 3.68 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, 7.1 SO/9, and 7.1 fWAR through 525 1/3 innings.