Indians catcher Carlos Santana's return from knee surgery got a boost Monday when his surgeon cleared the young star to begin full batting drills, from both sides of the plate.

The Indians, in a release sent out today, said Dr. Rick Parker also cleared Santana "to begin position-specific agility drills in addition to full baserunning exercises next week." The goal is to have Santana playing in games during the first week of exhibition season, which starts on Feb. 27.