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Twins put Hector Santiago on the DL again

It turns out there IS something wrong with Hector Santiago, and this time it’s, um, his back. Yeah, his back.

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Hector Santiago—who was just activated from the DL on June 27th—is back on the 10-day DL. The Twins placed him there with what they are calling “upper thoracic back pain and discomfort.”

It might be fair for you to say the Twins are placing Santiago on the DL with “suckiness,” though. Hector struggled mightily in his last start against the Royals, giving up fours runs and lasting only 3.1 innings before getting the hook. Molitor pulled him even though he’d only thrown 58 pitches because he noticed Santiago’s fastball was 5 mph slower than usual.

Sanitago started the season strong, posting a 2.76 ERA over his firstseven starts. In 2017 as a whole, though, Santiago has a 5.63 ERA over 70.1 innings.

Taking Santiago’s place on the roster is righty reliever Alan Busenitz, whom the Twins just sent back to Triple-A on July 1st. He’s pitched 8.2 innings for the Twins so far this year, surrendering just two solo home runs.

Santiago was supposed to start Friday’s game against the Orioles, so the Twins will still need to find someone to cover that. Mike Berardino predicts the Twins will call on Felix Jorge, who started the only win the Twins got in the four-game series against the Royals last weekend. The Twins will need to make another roster move before Friday if that is what they decide to do.

And so the the pitching carousal continues to turn.