The Cleveland Indians activated infielder/catcher Carlos Santana from the 7-day concussion disabled list, and will have him in Friday’s lineup as a DH against the Texas Rangers, per a report from SI.com.
Santana suffered a concussion on May 25 after a foul ball hit and then bounced off his mask behind the plate, and he spent nearly two weeks on the disabled list with concussion symptoms. The team had originally thought Santana was ill, but later determined that it was a head injury causing his symptoms.
Once diagnosed, the Indians placed Santana on the 7-day disabled list that was designed specifically for cases of head injury.
To offset the addition of Santana to the roster, the Indians made another roster move, optioning infielder Jesus Aguilar (.188, two RBI in eight games) to Triple-A Columbus.
The switch-hitting Santana is off to the worst start in his career, hitting .159, with seven doubles, six homers and 17 RBI. He has 43 walks, 46 strikeouts, a .301 slugging percentage and .327 on-base percentage. The Indians are certainly hoping that an opportunity to just hit as a DH will straighten out his swing.
Santana opened the season for Cleveland playing third base, but has been shifted around as a utility player, and will probably spend more time as a DH or bench player once Nick Swisher returns from the DL.
The Indians have Santana hitting eighth in Friday’s lineup, the lowest spot he has ever occupied in his MLB career.