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Ervin Santana will make his Braves debut Wednesday

Apr 8, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Signed to a one-year, $14.1 million contract on March 12, right-hander Ervin Santana will make his Braves debut Wednesday against the Mets in Atlanta.

Santana wasn’t ready to begin the season in the Braves’ rotation because he reported to spring training late and needed time to build up his normal arm strength, so instead he made a minor-league start Friday at Triple-A and allowed six runs in 5.1 innings.

Santana was one of the best pitchers in the league last season for the Royals, throwing 211 innings with a 3.24 ERA at age 30, but teams were unwilling to give him a huge long-term contract as a free agent in part because signing him also required forfeiting a draft pick. His inconsistent track record also played a part, as Santana had an ERA above 5.00 in 2012 and 2009, but Atlanta’s hand was forced by multiple injuries to the rotation.

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  1. renaado - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    So psyched for this! I need to prepare 3 packs of cappuccino when the time this happens.

  2. nymets4ever - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    If he was a Met, this article and all its comments would be laughing at how he gave up 6 runs in 5.1 innings, yet the stupid old low-standard-having Mets still deemed that good enough for a promotion.

    • dan1111 - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      If he were a Met, we would be living in an alternative universe in which the Mets actually signed a good player. Obviously, that universe would implode on itself due to the internal inconsistency this created, so speculating about how much ridicule the Mets would get in that situation is kind of pointless.

      • nymets4ever - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        So Curtis Granderson is not a good player…got it…

    • jamaicanjasta - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Your act is so tired. Why does EVERY story with you have to be about the Mets and your inferiority complex?

      Then again, I’d be bitter to if my team were paying Bobby Bonilla over a million dollars a season until 2035.

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