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Santana to start rehab in Gulf Coast League

Santana to start rehab in Gulf Coast League

SEATTLE -- Shortstop Danny Santana is scheduled to start a rehab assignment over the All-Star break by working out in the Gulf Coast League at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

Santana, who has been on the 15-day DL since June 27 with a bone bruise in his left knee, will build his way toward rehab games with Class A Advanced Fort Myers. There is still no exact timetable for his return, but the Twins seem hopeful he will be back in the big leagues shortly after the All-Star break.

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"I don't know if we can put an exact timetable for it, but he'll go down to Florida and work out in the GCL and/or with the Miracle," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He'll be able to go down there and work out and run around and test it and do all those things. As soon as he's healthy and ready to play, we'll get him back up to Minnesota."

Santana has already been working out and has started running at Target Field, but the Twins are trying to be cautious with his knee to avoid setbacks. Santana is likely to keep working out in Fort Myers before he gets into game action. He will probably need only a few games before he is ready to make his return.

"We can mix and match," Antony said. "He can work out in the GCL and then get into game action with the Miracle. Their schedule was probably most favorable for what we wanted to do."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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