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Happy anniversary: Carlos Santana’s knee injury, a year later

Aug 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

Carlos Santana

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the knee injury that ended Carlos Santana‘s fantastic rookie season and by coincidence the Indians are playing a series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, where the home plate collision took place.

Santana hasn’t rediscovered the same success he had prior to Ryan Kalish running him over, but the switch-hitting Indians catcher has still been plenty valuable as a sophomore.

Santana is hitting just .229, which is 31 points lower than his rookie mark, but that poor batting average comes with 15 homers, 19 doubles, and 68 walks in 102 games for a .771 OPS that ranks eighth among the 28 catchers with at least 200 plate appearances.

Cleveland has kept Santana in the lineup more often than other catchers by starting him 33 times at first base, but he’s done a decent job behind the plate with a 4.14 ERA and 22 percent throw-out rate.

Santana hasn’t turned into the immediate MVP candidate some people expected, but that’s tough enough for a young player without having to come back from a major injury and he still ranks 32nd among AL position players in Wins Above Replacement. He’s already very good and still on track to become great.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I like Casey Blake as a person and a gamer, but I did not like the trade that sent Santana to Cleveland for him. If the Dodgers actually offer Beltre a decent contract BEFORE Beltre rejects the Tigers (because he was waiting to hear from the Dodgers, see, and FMC and his pet pony DePo were behaving cheaply) maybe we don’t need an emergency 3b to replace Jose “I lost the ball in the chalk” Valentin.

    7 years may be a long time ago, but if Santana is with the Dodgers, I know who isn’t trading a blue chipper local boy for a AA catcher with little offense potential.

  2. hep3 - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    I still think Ned Coletti is being paid by the Giants. He has to be their mole in LA; nobody could consistently make such wasteful and uninformed moves.

  3. 24may98 - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Makes one wonder about Buster Posey’s likely “recovery.”

    Just sad to see great young talent crippled.

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