Mar 07

Ervin Santana heads to New York to have injured finger examined

Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana left spring training for New York to have his injured middle finger examined.

Santana, out until mid-to-late April following surgery on the finger, could have a cast removed.

“Hopefully he comes back lighter … with the cast off,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said before Monday’s exhibition against Philadelphia.

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The Blue Jays open the 2018 season on March 29 when they will host the New York Yankees. Either Aledmys Diaz or Yangervis Solarte will likely replace Tulowitzki in the starting lineup.

Tulowitzki, 33, was hitting .249 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs at the time of his injury last season. He is a career .290 hitter with 224 home runs and 779 RBIs in 12 major league seasons.

ALL OF JOE MADDON’S EXPERIENCES as a coach and manager would be put to the test in Games 6 and 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians. Little did he know at the time, but his decisions the next two days would have a profound effect on the outcome. And though he would be the man to lead the team known as the “Lovable Losers” to their first championship in 108 years, he would face an offseason of questions and criticisms about those moves.

The questions would all revolve around his pitching decisions, mostly as they concerned closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman had thrown 42 pitches in Game 5, normally knocking him out of commission for several days, if not for this being the World Series. Chapman did have a day off between Games 5 and 6 and declared himself ready for whatever was to come. Maddon would lean on him again for the final two games, leading to a lot of raised eyebrows.lions_134

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