MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins activated Danny Santana from the disabled list on Friday, welcoming the infielder/outfielder back after recovering from a bone bruise on his left knee. Santana, who last played for Minnesota on June 25, is batting .328 with a .366 on-base percentage in 37 games.
"He's fun to watch for sure," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was our igniter before he got hurt. Hopefully he'll get back to that, be swinging good and pick up where he left off."
Santana played three games for Class A Fort Myers while on a rehab assignment, starting twice at center field and once at shortstop. Santana has played shortstop 18 times and center field 18 times for the Twins in his brief big league tenure, and he's also seen action at second base in the Minors.
"You've got to be able to move him around a little bit -- make sure we're using everybody, anyway," Gardenhire said. "I think [outfielder Sam] Fuld's done a really nice job for us. I know if we abuse [Fuld], we're not gonna get the best out of him. So being able to put Danny out there every once in a while and moving Fuldy around while he's swinging good is a good thing."
When Santana settles in at shortstop, he'll be teamed up with second baseman Brian Dozier once again. The two often made a good double-play pair in the first half of the season.
"He's really matured as a player and slowed the game down," Dozier said. "He's had a lot of success so far, so hopefully he can pick back up. Talking with him, he feels good and he's ready to go."
Minnesota optioned backup catcher and outfielder Chris Herrmann to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Santana on the active roster. Herrmann has batted .143 in 42 at-bats for the Twins this year.
"He didn't get to do much," Gardenhire said. "We just didn't get to use him. We brought him up because we had the injuries and all those things. He was playing very well at Triple-A, and he's one of those guys we can go get at any time to play multiple positions and catch, too."
Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @asmiff. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.