Santana dispels injury speculation
Angels righty says he's healthy in wake of rough outing
ANAHEIM -- A day after his third start of the 2009 season, when he gave up seven earned runs in one-plus innings pitched, Ervin Santana made no excuses.
"Everything is physically OK," Santana said on Tuesday before the Angels took on the White Sox. "I'm not going to change anything and I'll still throw the regular bullpen session."
In Monday night's outing, Santana gave up nine hits on 41 pitches, 26 of which were for strikes. His performance moved him to 0-2 on the season with a 7.82 ERA.
"His velocity just wasn't up and he wasn't as crisp as in Seattle," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He is not that far off, he just missed his spots."
Santana, whose fastball velocity is usually between 93-95 mph, is right now between 91-92.
"Some guys come back and they are where you expect them to be, while others have to grow into it," Scioscia said. "With Ervin, there is no huge disparity."
The White Sox hammered Santana early, getting four hits and two runs before an out was recorded, making many wonder if Santana had reinjured the throwing elbow that sidelined him for the first part of the season.
However, Scioscia was quick to dispel any injury speculation.
"I think he is healthy, but I think there is more growth as he goes along in the season with how his stuff will be and his different pitches," Scioscia said. "He turned it loose in his rehab starts, so we are confident that he is healthy."
For Santana, the outing is one he would rather not relive, deciding to not look at tape from the game the day after.
"I only want to look at the good things," Santana said. "Nobody is perfect."
Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.