On Thursday Ervin Santana, having only been signed by the Braves on March 12 of this year, pitched two innings for the first time since last season in a game against the New York Mets. Having been on the free agent market for quite a while, Santana looked as though he hadn’t missed a beat. Looking primed for a third inning, the Braves stuck to their guns and Santana exited the game after the 2nd inning.
Santana gave up two singles, his one run scored on a sacrifice fly and he retired the final five batters he faced. Besides giving up one run, he finished his two innings having thrown only 22 pitches.
Santana has been working hard this off-season even if he did have a home yet he worked out as if he did. Santana told USA TODAY Sports in Spanish,
“While they were having their spring training, I was having mine on my own. I was throwing my bullpens, I exercised, ran. I did all the things pitchers usually do, except for facing hitters.”
Manager Freddi Gonzales was reported as saying,
“The guy hasn’t pitched for a while and he comes into camp a little bit behind, and he did a nice job. You can tell he’s a professional. His secondary pitches were really good.”
Everyone can stop wondering now if Santana was worth the contract and draft pick the Braves were forced to give up to get him. They had to do to their two best starters, Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, going down and both having Tommy John surgery. If Santana’s first outing is any indication then the Braves made the correct choice when they swooped in and stole him from the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles.