Carlos Santana RUMORS & NEWS

  • Lead thought in Terry Francona's mind is Carlos Santana leading off for Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's still in the conceptual stage. Think big picture. Manager Terry Francona is thinking about hitting Carlos Santana in the leadoff spot. He's talked like this before, but it always seemed to be tongue-in-cheek along with a wink and a nudge. But Monday afternoon, following the Indians'..." February 23

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    Jordan Bastian @MLBastian

    Santana told reporters he's been bothered by back issue all year. Asked Francona not to make it public all season. Wanted to stay in lineup.

  • Indians put Scott Atchison on DL; Carlos Santana on paternity list

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians shuffled their roster Thursday before opening a four-game series against the Mariners at Safeco Field. First baseman Carlos Santana was placed on the paternity list and right-hander Scott Atchison was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle. First..." May 28

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    paul hoynes @hoynsie

    Carlos Santana misses 4th straight game with back spasms. Francona says he should play Thursday.

  • Carlos Santana isn't dogging it for Cleveland Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If you've been yelling at your flat screen while watching Indians first baseman Carlos Santana run the bases for the last month or so, knock it off. He has a hall pass. Santana is playing with a sore right quadriceps muscle. When he runs the bases, it often looks like he's dragging his right..." September 11

  • Indians lose Carlos Santana to concussion, Nick Swisher to knee injury

    Hardball Talk "Carlos Santana was scratched from the Indians’ lineup yesterday amid concerns that he might be dealing with post-concussion symptoms and sure enough he’s been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Cleveland also placed Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended..." May 27

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    paul hoynes @hoynsie

    Indians aren't sure if Carlos Santana is ill or suffering from a concussion after getting hit in mask Sunday in Baltimore. DNP Monday.

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    Jordan Bastian @MLBastian

    Francona said today that Santana is the Tribe's third baseman. It won't be a platoon situation with Chisenhall. Santana also backup catcher.

  • Carlos Santana looks uneasy at 3B

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "This is the 25th day of spring training for the Indians. It has officially become Groundhog Day, where every day is just like the one before it. The season opener against the A’s in Oakland is 23 days away. So let’s start observing. 1. Crossroads at the hot corner? The Indians knew this..." March 07

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    Jordan Bastian @MLBastian

    It's only one infield session, and certainly not game speed, but Santana looked comfortable at third base. Most interesting story in camp.

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    paul hoynes @hoynsie

    Carlos Santana will spend first four days of spring training catching. Then will gradually move over to start working at third base.

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    Jordan Bastian @MLBastian

    Santana said he'll meet with Francona/Antonetti in coming days to go over plan for spring. Said he still wants to catch, but focused on 3B.

  • Catcher Carlos Santana expects to start at third base for Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It appears that the Indians third base job will be an open competition beginning next month in spring training. The man in the middle of that competition could very well be former catcher Carlos Santana. Santana recently told Enrique Rojas of ESPN that if the regular season began..." January 22

  • Carlos Santana is still getting ready to play third base

    Hardball Talk "There was a healthy dose of skepticism when it was reported in November that Carlos Santana was working out at third base, but it sounds like a position switch could actually happen. In a story (link in Spanish) by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Santana said that he’s “getting ready to play..." January 18

  • Carlos Santana five games into third-base experiment for Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Catcher Carlos Santana is five games into his re-introduction to third base. So far, the move hasn’t hurt his bat, but his glove and arm are still getting re-acquainted to life at the hot corner. Santana is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with three errors for the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican..." December 20

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Heard from #Rays source that Cleveland report on Price trade talks including #Indians Santana, Salazar and more was "completely off-base"

  • Does Carlos Santana have future at third base for Cleveland Indians?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The last time Carlos Santana played third base with any regularity he was in the low minors with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Things did not go well. The Indians, however, have talked to Santana about playing third this winter in the Dominican Republic. He’s already been taking ground balls there..." November 25

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    Francona: Santana is day to day with a bruised left thumb. The hope is that he will only need a few days before returning to lineup.

  • Carlos Santana leaves game with thumb injury, X-rays negative

    CBS Sports "Indians catcher Carlos Santana had to leave Monday's home opener against the Yankees with a thumb injury in the ninth inning. Santana appeared to be crossed up on a pitch by Chris Perez, as he lowered his glove as if expecting a breaking ball. Instead, Perez's fastball caught Santana squarely on..." April 09

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    Catcher Carlos Santana takes a Chris Perez fastball off his left wrist, just above the glove. Removed from game

  • Santana drills solo homer to lift Dominican Republic "Carlos Santana struck when his country needed him most. Santana broke open a shutout at the World Baseball Classic on Saturday with a long home run, propelling the Dominican Republic to what became a 2-0 win over Puerto Rico. Santana's home run helped the D.R. earn the top seed from its bracket..." March 16

  • Carlos Santana leaves game in DWL with bruised leg

    Hardball Talk "Minor scare down in the Dominican Winter League. From ESPN's Buster Olney comes word that Indians catcher Carlos Santana fouled a ball off his right leg — near the knee — during a game Saturday while playing for Leones del Escogido. He left with a limp, but Olney says trainers are "not..." December 02

  • Carlos Santana's second half a reason for optimism

    Akron Beacon Journal "It's unfashionable to find anything positive about the Indians' season, but the turnaround of Carlos Santana in the second half merits some praise. How bad was Santana's first half? On July 3, he was batting .218 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He hit two homers in May, none in June and endured..." October 02

  • Carlos Santana's home runs a surprise

    Akron Beacon Journal "Two months ago, nobody could have reasonably expected Carlos Santana to finish the season with at least 20 home runs. But he hit two more against the Royals Sunday to run his total to 18. "I didn't think he would be able to reach that,'' manager Manny Acta said. "I don't think it means much..." September 25

  • Carlos Santana has 2 HRs, 5 RBI in Cleveland Indians' 15-4 victory over Kansas City

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Every bad team deserves a day like this. Sunday was the Indians' day. Left-hander David Huff went 5 innings and the Indians' undernourished hitters ate like big dogs in a 15-4 victory over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. To a team averaging 3.3 runs per game since the All-Star break and..." September 24

  • Carlos Santana finding his swing in final weeks

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Santana is trying to salvage a rocky second full season in the big leagues. Last year the Indians catcher set a franchise record for switch-hitters with 27 homers. He batted only .239, but walked 97 times and posted a .808 OPS (.457 slugging percentage + .351 on base percentage), while..." September 05

  • Carlos Santana improving, but still resting his sore back

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Santana isn't expected to return to the Indians' lineup until the final game of this series as he continues to rest his stiff back and ailing bat. "We're shooting for Sunday," said manager Manny Acta. "Carlos is feeling a lot better. He tested very well with [head trainer] Lonnie..." June 30

  • Carlos Santana sits out with ailing side

    Akron Beacon Journal "Indians catcher Carlos Santana was out of the lineup Thursday night with soreness in the right side near his back. However, manager Manny Acta indicated that his catcher might be back as early as tonight. "Carlos was much better today," Acta said. "He tested very well for Lonnie [head trainer..." June 29

  • Carlos Santana leaves game with soreness in his right side

    Akron Beacon Journal "Carlos Santana was removed for a pinch hitter in the ninth because of tightness in his right side near the back. "Carlos had some back tightness," manager Manny Acta said. "He tested OK according to our medical staff, but we won't know until he shows up tomorrow if he can play." Santana said..." June 28

  • Aches and pains slowing down Tribe's Carlos Santana

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Slumping catcher Carlos Santana has been dealing with a sore right rib cage for the last several days. Things may have taken a turn for the worse Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. Santana, starting at DH, was lifted for pinch-hitting Lonnie Chisenhall in the ninth inning. After the 5-4 loss to the..." June 28

  • Tribe activates Santana, slots him at DH "The Indians took their time with Carlos Santana's recovery from a mild concussion, making sure the catcher passed a number of required tests before allowing him to take the field again. On Tuesday, Cleveland had its cleanup hitter again. No one was more thrilled than Santana. "I'm very..." June 05

  • Carlos Santana on his way back, Lou Marson locked in

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Catcher Carlos Santana, who is on the disabled list with a mild concussion, caught a bullpen session and took batting practice Sunday. Indians manager Manny Acta said Santana is "feeling good," and that the club is optimistic he will be available for the Detroit series beginning Tuesday at..." June 04

  • Carlos Santana nearing return from concussion

    Akron Beacon Journal "Carlos Santana has begun baseball activities and has not shown symptoms of the concussion that sent him to a special seven-day disabled list last Saturday. "He swung the bat in the cages today," Indians manager Manny Acta said Friday. "Tomorrow he's going to catch guys in the bullpen, run the..." June 02

  • Catcher Carlos Santana (mild concussion) making progress

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Santana's recovery from a mild concussion continued Friday afternoon with light cardio work and swings in the indoor cage. The Indians' catcher is eligible to come off the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, but that will not happen. Santana's to-do list is expected to..." June 02

  • Catcher Carlos Santana on 7-day DL with concussion

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "In the last three games the AL Central-leading Indians have lost DH Travis Hafner, catcher Carlos Santana and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to injuries. That's not a good thing. Santana was placed on the seven-day disabled list before Saturday's game against Chicago with a slight concussion. He..." May 27

  • Carlos Santana warned Marlins not to run

    Akron Beacon Journal "Indians catcher Carlos Santana told the Miami Marlins he was going to do it. But they didn't listen. The first Marlins base runner got away with his attempted steal. The others did not. Santana gunned down a career-high three attempted base stealers in Friday's 3-2 loss in the first game of the..." May 20

  • Carlos Santana's RBI single caps two-run rally as Cleveland Indians top Seattle in 11 innings, 6-5

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jose Lopez watched the flight of the baseball so closely that he missed stepping on first base. Heroic home runs are not born of such things, but never fear -- Lopez knew he'd missed the bag. So did first-base coach Tom Wiedenbauer, who was screaming for him to return. Lopez did, as soon as he..." May 18

  • Cleveland Indians sweep Twins on Derek Lowe's 6-hitter and homers by Choo, Cabrera and Santana

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Derek Lowe just walked the leadoff man in the ninth inning Tuesday at Target Field. He was 2-1 on the next batter, Ryan Doumit, when catcher Lou Marson walked to the mound to try and put the brakes on Lowe, who prefers to pitch in fifth gear. "'Hey, doesn't Manny [Acta] know I'm 39, not 19?'"..." May 16

  • At the plate, Carlos Santana maintains a patient eye

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Santana has always walked a lot, and he's not going to apologize for it. Santana was tied for second in the American League with 19 walks after Friday's 6-3 victory over Texas. Last year he finished third, with 97 walks. Critics question why Santana can keep batting in the middle of the..." May 06

  • Carlos Santana taking a beating behind the plate

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If you think Tribe catcher Carlos Santana spends more time rolling around behind the plate after getting hit with foul tips than actually catching pitches, Santana would agree with you. Last week in Seattle, Santana was down on all fours behind the plate after getting hit by a foul tip. Indians..." April 23

  • Carlos Santana's contract extension with the Tribe is a good deal for both sides

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The year was 2007, and Carlos Santana was learning how to catch as a member of the Class A Great Lakes Loons. In the process, he suddenly seemed to forget how to hit. "No way," said Andy Mota, Santana's long-time agent. "That's what Carlos told me when the Dodgers moved him [from third base] to..." April 11

  • Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana agree to 5-year $21 million contract extension

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Catcher Carlos Santana has reached a five-year $21 million agreement on a contract extension with the Indians. The team will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m,. to announce the deal. The deal runs through 2016 with a club option for 2017. The club option covers Santana's first free agent..." April 10

  • Santana's two home runs lead Cleveland Indians to 4-3 victory over Toronto

    Akron Beacon Journal "Maybe the secret to the Indians' success is to keep each game to no more than nine innings. After losing twice to the Blue Jays – in 16- and 12-inning marathons – the Tribe managed to keep Sunday's game to the regulation nine and won for the first time this season 4-3. All three games have..." April 09

  • Carlos Santana's 'rest' from catching could focus on DH duties for Cleveland Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Spring training almost always begins with smiles and hope. Along with that can come a revelation or two. Hector Ambriz provided the smiles Monday when Indians pitchers and catchers reported to open camp. Ambriz missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right..." February 21

  • Pain actually gives Carlos Santana a leg up at the plate

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Santana laughed when the suggestion was made. "If I can hit two home runs and a double every night, I might do it," said Santana. Santana became the seventh Indians player to homer from both sides of the plate in one game in Tuesday's 10-4 loss to the Rangers. He hit homers in the..." September 15

  • Carlos Santana's power show not enough as Texas thumps Masterson and Indians, 10-4

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Maybe Carlos Santana should foul a ball off his left shin all the time. It would be painful, but think of the rewards. Santana, putting the final touches on his first full season in the big leagues, became the seventh player in franchise history to homer from both sides of the plate in the..." September 14

  • Carlos Santana is reverently thankful after 20th homer

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Clubhouse confidential: As Carlos Santana neared the plate in the seventh inning Monday after hitting his 20th homer of the season, he pointed to the stands. As he crossed the plate, he pointed to the sky. The first point was for his girlfriend, Brittany, and his agent. The second? "That was..." August 31

  • Catcher Carlos Santana gets cage rattled by foul ball, but is OK

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Clubhouse confidential: Catcher Carlos Santana saw stars in the ninth inning in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to Seattle. No, he didn't see Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. Santana saw the kind of stars that are caused by a foul ball hitting him square in the face mask off the bat of Brendan Ryan. Not only..." August 25

  • Batting coach Bruce Fields trying to get Carlos Santana right from the left side

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Last season, Carlos Santana hit right-handed pitching well at Class AAA Columbus (48-for-137, .350) and with the Indians (32-for-102, .314). He struggled against lefties, hitting a combined .196 (21-for-107). The script has flipped for the catcher/first baseman this season. In 112 games with..." August 15

  • Santana has gone backward as a catcher

    Akron Beacon Journal "Is Carlos Santana the Indians' catcher of the future? We know he's the catcher of the present, because this season we have seen him behind the plate 61 percent of the time. But will Santana continue to be the team's No. 1 catcher next year or five years from now? We know the grand plan -..." August 14