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Santana placed on 7-day concussion DL

Santana placed on 7-day concussion DL
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Today the Indians announced that catcher Carlos Santana has been placed on Major League Baseball’s new 7-day disabled list for concussion.  They purchases the contract of Triple-A Columbus catcher Luke Carlin and added him to the roster. To make room on the 40-man roster for Carlin, left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day Disabled List.

Santana, 26, exited last night’s game in the 8th inning after taking a foul ball off his face mask. The Indians switch-hitting backstop is batting .245 (38-155) with 7 doubles, 5 home runs and 24 RBI through 43 games this season. He ranks among American League leaders in walks (4th, 30), pitches-per-plate appearance (5th, 4.31) and on-base pct. (21st, .360).

Santana is the first Indians player ever placed on the new 7-day DL for concussions, which was established in partnership with the MLBPA prior to the 2011 season to prevent players from returning prematurely, while still giving clubs a full complement of players on the 25-man roster.

Carlin, 31, began the season on the Clippers’ Opening Day roster and is batting .227 (15-66) with one double, one home run and 10 RBI in 20 games. He has drawn 12 walks against just 6 strikeouts, while carrying a .346 on-base percentage.

Perez, 30, was placed on the 15-day disabled on April 27 with a strained left latissimus, retroactive to April 26. The left-hander has gone 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (3 ER/7.2) in 8 relief appearances for Cleveland this season, while holding opponents to a .185 (5-27) average. Perez will be eligible to come off the DL on June 25.

In addition to the Santana injury last night, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera also left the game with tightness in his hamstring and is day to day. He is not expected to play the rest of the series with the White Sox this weekend.

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User Comments

May 28, 2012 - 11:56 AM EDT
Perez is expected back at the end of June. And I will tell you, if Lowe and Jimenez show up those last two games, then they got more than enough offense to win them. Poor starting pitching. Just awful....which can't happen when you have such a poor lineup you are trotting out there.
May 26, 2012 - 11:38 PM EDT
Manny Acta is a magician to be in 1st place with this team.
No, it probably won't continue much longer, but with your two, top pitchers pitching poorly, another starter in exile, and a 4th injured, and a lineup all lefty, and injuries to your three power threats other than Kipnis, this is a surprise.
Indians need some luck some day with promising young players.
May 26, 2012 - 6:45 PM EDT
Just don't understand what they're doing with Diaz in the lineup, and man, the Damon experiment needs to end. Is Diaz really a better option than Donald? At least Donald can hit AAA pitching. Do they figure neither he or Donald will get any hits, and Diaz is at least a little better with the glove?

Of course, today's loss ended up being about some really poor pitching, but not fielding a competitive lineup might also start making their pitchers press and try to be too perfect. Ubaldo better pitch a good one tomorrow ... sigh.
May 26, 2012 - 4:45 PM EDT
Will Rafael Perez pitch again this season? What is the bottom line on his injury?

I had to turn off today's game in the first inning.
May 26, 2012 - 3:59 PM EDT
Well, it was a nice run while it lasted. With Marson and Carlin catching, Damon in left, Duncan DHing for Hafner and Juan Diaz at SS we are totally hosed. Peavy is going to shut us out.

We in the span of two days we lost our 3, 4, and 5 hitters. Oh, and Raffie is now on the 60 day DL.

We'll be in second place by next Sunday.

Reminds me of last year when we had a great 45 games until the injuries started to hit.

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