The Dodgers talented young right-hander tweeted on Monday that he would throw off a mound today for the first time since June.
Dennis Santana is working his way back to full health as he will throw off a mound today for the first time today since he started for the Dodgers on June 1st in Colorado. Santana was scratched while warming up in the bullpen prior to his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 7th and has been out ever since.
Santana was initially believed to just have lat soreness but he was later diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain. The twenty-two year-old righty made his debut at a time when the Dodgers rotation was running out of starting pitchers. Santana started this season with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers where he posted a 2.56 ERA in eight starts.
After his eight starts with the Drillers, Santana was fast tracked and promoted to the OKC Dodgers where he made just two starts before being called up to the LA Dodgers. In Triple-A Santana posted a 2.45 ERA with fourteen strikeouts in eleven innings. Santana could be a rotation option for the Dodgers next spring depending on how their free agency period goes.
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- Kenley Jansen was given the green light to return to the Dodgers and was activated last night. The big right-hander said he is now off of blood thinners but remains on heart medications. Jansen is likely to need another heart operation after the season and no longer has any restrictions. Although he gave up the winning runs last night, Jansen should be back to form after he works off the rust from his time off.
- The Dodgers signed 18 year old Korean high schooler Hyun-Il Choi to a $300K signing bonus on Monday. According to Future Dodgers, Choi was a candidate to be the number one overall pick in the Korean baseball draft this September . Choi throws around the low 90’s and has topped out at 93 miles per hour.
- After initially being unsure of where Julio Urias would make his next start, the Dodgers have decided to start Urias with the Tulsa Drillers tonight. If this isn’t the last rehab start for Julio he should not have many more starts left before he joins the Dodgers in September.
- Top catching prospect Keibert Ruiz was named to the prospect team of the week for last week. In five games, Ruiz hit .389 with three home runs and knocked in seven runs. Even more impressive is the fact that Ruiz struck out just one time during his stellar week. The Dodgers’ number two prospect has hit .260 with twelve home runs this season for the Tulsa Drillers.