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Ervin Santana


Santana was hit in the left leg by a line drive and left Thursday night's game against Cleveland after only five pitches. Tests at Lutheran Medical Center revealed no break and Santana was listed as day-to-day with a bruise.


Santana worked six scoreless innings and struck out 10 in the Angels' 3-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday. The victory snapped the Tigers' five-game winning streak and marked the first double-digit strikeout effort of Santana's career.


Santana was called upon in Monday's Game 5 of the ALDS against New York, after starter Bartolo Colon was forced to leave the game in the second inning. The rookie righthander garnered the victory, working 5.1 innings of relief and giving up five hits and three earned runs.


In the rubber game of the three-game set between the Angels and Athletics Thursday, Santana blanked Oakland on six hits over eight innings to push the Angels back into a first-place tie atop the American League West. The 22-year-old rookie didn't walk a batter and fanned four in the Angels' 3-0 victory.


Santana will have his start pushed up to Sunday when the Angels face off against the Marlins. Santana, who is already filling in for the injured Kelvim Escobar, will switch spots in the rotation with Paul Byrd to allow the veteran an extra day to rest his sore triceps muscle.


After the Angels' 11-1 victory over Washington Monday, the team recalled Santana to make Tuesday's start against the Nationals. The 22-year-old righthander was 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in a pair of starts for the Angels in mid-May. In his second outing on May 23, Santana tossed a five-hit shutout over the Chicago White Sox.


Santana made his Triple-A debut on Sunday and picked up where he left off. The Angels' promising righthander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a triple and a two-run homer. Working 6.1 innings, Santana took a no-decision in Salt Lake's 4-2 win.


With Kelvim Escobar coming off the disabled list Saturday to pitch against the Chicago White Sox, the Angels have optioned Santana to Triple-A Salt Lake. Working in place of Escobar, the 22-year-old righthander worked two starts for the Angels, losing his major league debut to Cleveland on May 17 and shutting out the White Sox on five hits on Monday.


After a rough outing in his major league debut last Tuesday, Santana on Monday night displayed what makes him arguably the best pitching prospect in the Angels' organization. The 22-year-old righthander limited the Chicago White Sox to five hits and a walk in a 4-0 shutout. He threw 115 pitches and fanned seven en route to his first big league win -- against the team with the best record in the majors.


Santana was roughed up in his major league debut on Tuesday, allowing three first-inning runs and six runs over four innings in a 13-5 Angels loss to Cleveland. The 21-year-old righthander, one of the premier pitching prospects in the Angels' system, was filling in for injured starter Kelvim Escobar.


Santana, one of the top pitching prospects in the Angels' system, will be recalled to start against Cleveland on Tuesday. The 21-year-old righthander is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA in seven starts for Double-A Arkansas this season.

Santana has climbed steadily toward Anaheim since he was signed out of the Dominican Republic in September 2000. He could make a couple of starts in place of injured righthander Kelvim Escobar, who is trying to quell the discomfort of a bone spur in his pitching elbow with anti-inflammatories. If Escobar can avoid surgery, he could be back in a couple of weeks. If surgery can't be avoided, Santana's initial starts could pave the way for a lengthy stay with the Angels.