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Angels | Ervin Santana not allowed to pitch in winter ball

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana was denied permission to pitch for the Licey Tigers of the Dominican Winter League, general manager Jerry DiPoto confirmed Friday, Jan. 13. "As a general rule," DiPoto said. "I'm a big advocate of winter ball and believe it's a good thing for players. But sometimes you have to be smart enough to understand that cranking a pitcher up in early-to-mid January and then shutting him down and then cranking him up again is probably not the best way to make sure that pitcher stays healthy." DiPoto, a former pitcher, said it was not a health issue which caused him to deny permission.

2012-01-13 19:46:47 | Source: MLB.com - Alden Gonzalez

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