Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana to start season on DL

by Ryan Dodson on March 9, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


The Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Ervin Santana (elbow) was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and will begin the season on the disabled list. He has been shut down from throwing indefinitely; no timetable has been set for his return.

Once Santana begins playing catch, it will take several weeks to build up arm strength and stamina. It's possible he could miss much of April.

Pitchers Dustin Moseley, Shane Loux and Nick Adenhart will battle for the final two spots in the rotation. Adenhart, a promising prospect, is the only one with great upside. If he wins a spot in the rotation, he would make a great waiver claim or a late-round flier in drafts.

Santana's fantasy value doesn't take a huge hit, but it probably drops him into the middle portion of your draft. He's coming off a breakout year, received a contract extension in the offseason and now is hurt - one may be wise to avoid him altogether.


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