Minnesota Twins RHP Ervin Santana received an 80-game suspension Friday after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.
The Twins signed the 10-year MLB veteran to a 4-year, $55 million contract — the richest free-agent deal in club history — in December. He posted good numbers this spring (3-1. 1.89 ERA, 12 Ks, 3 BB in 19 IP) and was slated to be Minnesota’s No. 2 starter.
Santana pitched for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2002, going 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA, 146 strikeouts and 48 walks in 147 IP.
Bradley makes D-backs rotation
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Friday that their top prospect, RHP Archie Bradley, will be in their starting rotation when the regular season begins next week. He is slotted as the team’s No. 5 starter.
Bradley’s first appearance will be his major-league debut. He pitched for the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2012, going 12-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 136 IP.
Bradley originally wasn’t slated to start the season in the rotation, but a combination of him pitching well this spring (3-2, 1.61 ERA, 14 Ks, 6 BB in 22.1 IP) and the Diamondbacks trading RHP Trevor Cahill to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday aligned the stars for him.
Cahill, who was traded for minor-league outfielder Josh Elander, is also a former Midwest League player. He pitched for the Kane County Cougars in 2007, going 11-4 with a 2.73 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 105.1 IP.
Pirates acquire Hunter Morris
The Milwaukee Brewers traded 1B Hunter Morris to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.
Morris batted .251 with 9 HR and 44 RBI in 71 games with the 2010 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.