Aug 3, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT
Follow his ugly collision at home plate with Ryan Kalish last night Carlos Santana has been placed on the disabled list.
For now the Indians are calling his injury a sprained left knee and that would probably qualify as the best-case scenario given how gruesome things looked at the time, but the diagnosis presumably could change based on further testing.
Santana has been fantastic since debuting in mid-June, hitting .260/.401/.467 with six homers, 12 doubles, and 37 walks in 46 games for an .868 OPS that ranks as the 14th-best in baseball history for a 24-year-old catcher with at least 200 plate appearances.
Obviously it’d be great if the injury proves minor enough for him to return this season, but given their 45-61 record the Indians would probably be happy if he can simply avoid long-term damage. For now Lou Marson has been recalled from Triple-A to replace Santana behind the plate.
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