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Santana reports good progress with knee

Santana reports good progress with knee

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookie shortstop Danny Santana, who on Friday was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee, said he's making good progress but that there's still no official timetable for his return.

Santana, who sustained the injury while running the bases on Wednesday, has started to jog on the underwater treadmill at Target Field and has also been taking swings off a tee.

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"It's feeling better," Santana said. "I'm happy."

The Twins remain hopeful that Santana can make a quick comeback, as he has provided a spark offensively. Santana, 23, is hitting .328/.366/.448 with two homers, 10 doubles, 16 RBIs and six stolen bases in 37 games. He's also showed off his versatility with 16 starts at shortstop and 15 starts in center field.

General manager Terry Ryan believes there's a chance Santana will be ready to return once his 15 days on the DL are up.

"He'll be all right," Ryan said. "I think by the 15 days, he should be fine."

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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