The Baltimore Orioles were looking to get two-time Cy Young winning pitcher Johan Santana up to the the big league club sometime in June. But reportedly Santana is ahead of schedule, and may be close to rejoining the team.
According to a tweet from ESPN’s Peter Gammons, the Venezuelan left-hander may be closer than originally hoped.
O’s say Johann Santana is up to 85 MPH, not far away, and he wants record for most wins by Venezuelan pitcher(Freddie Garcia)
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) April 19, 2014
The mark that Gammons referred to being held by Freddy Garcia is 156 wins. Santana currently has 139.
Santana was signed to a minor league contract by the O’s in the offseason and is currently undergoing rehab after a second shoulder surgery. He’s been throwing off a mound for a few weeks, and is now throwing live batting practice.
According to a MLB.com report, Santana “is on a five-day rotation-esque progression.”
When he joins the big club, manager Buck Showalter will have to make a decision on how to fit Santana into the rotation. The likely starter to get bumped would be Bud Norris, who is currently 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA.