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 Republic. Two of the errors came in one game – one on a throw, one on a ground ball. Mike Sarbaugh, the Indians big-league infield coach, has spent the last few days with Santana in the Dominican working with him. “It’s still very early in the process,” said GM Chris Antonetti. “Sarbie has been down there for a few days with Carlos. He’s made a couple of errors, but so far the reports have been encouraging. “He made two errors in one game, but he also made a nice diving play.” The Indians will have a better feel for the situation when Sarbaugh returns to Cleveland and gives them his report. At the end of last season, Santana knew he’d lost the starting catcher’s job to Yan Gomes. He asked the Indians if he could go to winter ball and play third base so he could spend more time on the field next year. At the moment, it looks like he’ll be the Tribe’s main DH.
Carlos Santana five games into third-base experiment for Indians
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Dec 20