Santana prefers to be at shortstop, and his flexibility fits nicely with manager Ron Gardenhire's plan for the team entering the season.
"We don't have a perfect scenario where we can say, 'He's this and he's this,'" Gardenhire said on Saturday. "It's good, as I said at the start of Spring Training, to have options.
"We're looking for moving parts, guys who can go everywhere and move around. We want to have a little maneuverability here, and we do."
Regular shortstop Eduardo Escobar shifted over to second base for Saturday's game.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.