Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that if everything goes according to plan, Santana could make his first start in extended spring training next week. He's expected to start a Minor League rehab assignment in mid-June, as he gets a 16-day rehab assignment to get ready for his return, per Major League Baseball rules.
The 32-year-old signed a four-year, $55 million deal before the season. His suspension was announced on April 3, just three days before Opening Day. He was slated to be the club's No. 2 starter behind right-hander Phil Hughes.
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