MILWAUKEE – Johan Santana has a June 1 opt-out with the Orioles. The team and his agent are discussing an extension. While those talks continue, the Orioles have mapped out a plan for him.
Santana will pitch an extended spring training game on Monday, manager Buck Showalter said. He’ll try to get to 85 pitches in six innings. He’d pitch for Norfolk at Durham on June 8 and for Bowie against Harrisburg on June 13.
It’s possible if things go well, Santana could join the Orioles as soon as June 18.
Showalter is thinking about Santana as a starter.
“If these three outings work out, then he can be an option for us. It’s one thing to get through. It’s another to have people evaluate whether it will work up here,” Showalter said.
Showalter said that he will discuss Santana with others in the organization, but because of his background, he’s best suited to be a starter.
“Knowing his history…and what he’s had done and what the problems have been, it just doesn't seem to be anything else,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Despite rumors that the Orioles have heavy interest in Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, Showalter said that he and an executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette have not discussed him.
-Nelson Cruz left Tuesday’s game with tightness in his calf, but Showalter said that he’s fine.
-Francisco Peguero, who’s on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right wrist, will see doctors in Baltimore to examine his hamstrings. Peguero is at the end of his 20-day rehabilitation with Norfolk.
-Evan Meek can reject his outright assignment to Norfolk. The Orioles outrighted him earlier on Wednesday.
-Nolan Reimold played left field in an extended spring game on Tuesday. He’s not close to going on a rehab assignment.