Santana likely to do rehab assignment over break

Santana likely to do rehab assignment over break

SEATTLE -- Rookie shortstop Danny Santana won't rejoin the Twins this weekend in Colorado, as the Twins want him to go on a rehab assignment before returning from the 15-day disabled list.

Santana, who has been on the DL since June 27 with a bone bruise in his left knee, has been rehabbing at Target Field but isn't ready to return this weekend. He's eligible to return from the DL on Saturday. The hope is that he'll be cleared to go on a rehab assignment over the All-Star break early next week before rejoining the Twins during their homestand that begins on July 18.

"I think if he's ready and available, we'll send him on a rehab assignment over the All-Star break," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We want to get him some swings and some at-bats and make sure his leg is OK. That's kind of what we're hoping for."

Santana, 23, has been a sparkplug for the Twins this season, hitting .328/.366/.448 with two homers, 10 doubles and six stolen bases in 37 games this season.

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