Aug 11, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana (57) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Johan Santana expected to help Orioles June 1


Coming off of signing a minor league contract with Baltimore, Johan Santana knows that the road back to ‘The Show’ is going to be a long one.

Santana is still rehabbing from two burst capsules in his shoulder which held him out of competition for a year and a half. The contract he signed with the Orioles is a minor league deal, but is loaded with incentives based upon days spent on the roster and how many games he starts, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko. It had been rumored previously that Santana would be of most help out of the bullpen for the Birds, but it seems that the club expects him to start. Kubatko asked General Manager Dan Duquette on what the plan is.

Well, that depends on how he throws and what he can do after he builds up his velocity.

The maximum Santana can earn is over $8 million if he makes it to the major league roster and reaches all of his incentives. The contract also includes an opt-out for May 30th.

Joel Sherman tweeted an interesting note, saying that one of Santana’s main motivations in returning to active competition is a desire to surpass Freddy Garcia of the Braves as the all-time wins leader from Venezuela. Currently, Garcia sits at 156 and Santana has 139 wins.

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