Santana could catch, or play first, in 2012

Santana could catch, or play first, in 2012

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Santana at catcher. Carlos Santana at first base. Either is a long-term possibility, manager Manny Acta said Wednesday.

Santana has started 83 games at catcher and 53 at first base. His power numbers have been about the same at each position, with 16 of his 23 home runs coming when he's been behind the plate. He's batting .243 at catcher and .232 at first base.

"He can do both," Acta said. "It all depends on what we do with our first-base situation."

The Indians have waited on Matt LaPorta to blossom -- he has started 82 games at first base this season. Shelley Duncan has started seven. LaPorta is hitting .239 with 11 home runs while continuing to bounce between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus.

For his part, Santana just wants to play.

"I like to hit in any ballpark," Santana said. "I just love the game."