Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:35:55 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana has appeared comfortable at third based during workouts, but his first true test will come Wednesday, Feb. 26, as the team opens its Cactus League schedule against the Cincinnati Reds. "He continues to make really good strides," third base coach Mike Sarbaugh said Monday, Feb. 24. "The next step is game action and just taking the ball off the bat - the different angles, different speeds, top spins. The ball coming off the bat is going to be the big test."
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:25:52 -0800
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday, Feb. 22, that he is impressed with the work of C Carlos Santana at third base. "To the trained or untrained eye, you wouldn't say, 'That's a catcher playing third base.' He's playing third," Francona said. "The game will tell us a lot more. It goes fast and the other team is trying to find ways to have you make errors. It's not just a coach hitting a fungo and making a physical play. It's slowing the game down and knowing situations."
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:47:34 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana worked exclusively as an infielder in the team's first full-squad workout Monday, Feb. 17. He lined up with 3B Lonnie Chisenhall at third base, taking grounder balls from manager Terry Francona. "From the minute we have laid eyes on him, he has been nothing but diligent," Francona said. "I mean, staying at it to the point where he's taking a weird-sided, crazy super ball back to his room at night to work on his side to side. He has worked so hard just to get to this point."
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:18:53 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana worked closely with former big league 3B Fernando Tatis in the Dominican Republic over the winter, logging 30 games in winter ball for Escogido. This spring, Santana will continue to train at third base, and he will also serve as the backup catcher behind C Yan Gomes. Manager Terry Francona, general manager Chris Antonetti and Santana had a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12, to discuss a plan for Santana's spring. The Indians want the switch-hitting Santana in the lineup on a regular basis, and if he is not the regular third baseman, they'd like him to hit against left-handed pitching, since 3B Lonnie Chisenhall struggled mightily against southpaws in 2013.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:42:31 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana said Tuesday, Feb. 11, that he will meet with manager Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti in the coming days to go over a plan for spring training. He said he still wants to catch, but has focused on third base.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:20:17 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana is still adjusting to third base in the Dominican Republic Winter League, and he's hitting .350 (7-for-20) with three errors in five games so far. Two of his errors came in one game. "It's still very early in the process," said general manager 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." Santana is expected to be the Indians' main designated hitter next season. Cleveland would prefer if 3B Lonnie Chisenhall won the third base job in spring training.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:37:12 -0800
A report surfaced that the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians were discussing a trade which would send SP David Price to the Indians for C Carlos Santana, SP Danny Salazar and more. However, a team source from the Rays called the rumor "completely off base."
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:35:33 -0800
There was a report Tuesday, Dec. 17, which surfaced that the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays were working on a deal which would send SP David Price to the Indians for C Carlos Santana, SP Danny Salazar and more. However, a team source with the Rays called the rumor "completely off base."
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:32:03 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana will play some third base in the Dominican Republic Winter League this offseason, but manage Terry Francona described it as more of an experiment than anything. "He's going to go over there and play a little third, just to see. He came up as a third baseman, but I think he's about eight years removed. It can't hurt anything. He wanted to get some at-bats anyway. If he wants to go over there and do that, all that can really happen is positive," Francona said.
Santana was used more as a designated hitter and first baseman with C Yan Gomes emerging as a better defensive catcher last season. Santana expressed late last year that serving as the DH wasn't ideal for him. "We don't want him to be a full-time DH," Francona said. "It's actually kind of a unique situation. His ability to move around impacts everybody else. His bat, we want it right in the middle of our batting order. And his ability to play first and catch, that's kind of a unique skillset. The more positions he can play, it just allows us to get more bats into the lineup. He's open to it, so we're willing to be open also."
Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:35:02 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana has been fielding ground balls at third base this offseason and could play third base during winter ball in the Dominican Republic.