Santana still out, but getting closer to return

Santana still out, but getting closer to return

Santana still out, but getting closer to return
CLEVELAND -- Catcher Carlos Santana still wasn't back in the lineup Friday, a week after suffering a concussion against the White Sox, but he continues to move closer to a return.

Santana took batting practice in the cages Friday afternoon and also took some swings during the team's off-day on Thursday. Manager Manny Acta said Santana will catch a bullpen session on Saturday, as well as run the bases and take batting practice on the field before Saturday night's game against the Twins.

"Then he's going to be re-tested," Acta said. "The next step after that is, if everything is OK, it's getting approval from MLB to allow him to go out there and play."

While there's still no timetable for Santana's return, Acta is hopeful he'll have his starting catcher back next week.

"He's doing well," Acta said. "We've been optimistic that by next week we'll be able to have him in the lineup at some point."