{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Santana dealing with achy back

Santana dealing with achy back

|
Santana dealing with achy back
NEW YORK -- As if a prolonged slump was not hard enough on Carlos Santana, now the Indians catcher is dealing with being banged up.

In the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees, Santana was pulled from the game in favor of pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall. Indians manager Manny Acta made it clear that the decision had nothing to do with Santana's recent struggles.

"Carlos has some mid-back tightness," Acta said. "We had to pinch-hit for him."

Santana said the back tightness is related to the right rib cage soreness that has bothered him for the past couple of days. The catcher, who served as the designated hitter in the finale of the three-game series in New York, will be re-evaluated prior to Thursday's night game in Baltimore.

"I'll be OK," Santana said. "I felt it in my last at-bat. That's when I didn't feel 100 percent."

In the defeat in the Bronx, Santana went 0-for-3 with one strikeout and a flyout in his final at-bat in the sixth inning. Through six games on the current road trip, the catcher has gone just 1-for-13 at the plate. Over his past 27 games, dating back to May 18, Santana has hit just .151 (14-for-93) for the Indians.

On Wednesday, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti indicated that Santana is not experiencing any lingering symptoms from the mild concussion that kept the catcher on the disabled list from May 26-June 5. Acta said that Santana's struggles are related to his timing, adding that the club is working hard with the catcher on reducing the excess body movement in his swing.

It is possible that Santana will receive a precautionary day off on Thursday, considering the Orioles will feature left-hander starter Wei-Yin Chen (7-3, 3.38). Santana has hit just .200 (14-for-70) against southpaws this season.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español