Ervin Santana placed on disabled list

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Ervin Santana, who has struggled with velocity and results in five starts since returning from right middle finger surgery, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday and could miss the rest of the season, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. He's suffered recurring symptoms related to his original injury to his third finger MCP joint.

Reliever Alan Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take his spot on the roster, and lefty prospect Stephen Gonsalves was in the clubhouse and will take Santana's spot in the rotation to start on Monday against the White Sox in his Major League debut. Reliever Tyler Duffey was optioned to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Gonsalves on Sunday.

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Additionally, outfielder Johnny Field was optioned to Rochester as outfielder Robbie Grossman was reinstated from the DL after missing 11 games with a strained right hamstring.

"It's a combination of some discomfort, and I don't think it's working quite as well," Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Santana's injury. "We all see how it's been going to this point. I'm not sure where it's going to go from here, but we just thought it made sense at this time rather than run him back out there on Tuesday. I don't know when the next time he'll pitch is going to be. We'll hopefully get another opinion on Tuesday."

Santana, 35, underwent the surgery on his right middle finger in early February but was expected to return in late April or early May. Howeve....

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