The Baltimore Orioles are closing in on a minor-league contract with two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, according to MLB.com.
Santana, 34, worked out for seven teams last week and was reportedly only hitting 77-78 mph on his fastball. He is shooting for a June return after multiple shoulder surgeries in recent years.
The left-hander went 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA with the New York Mets in 2010. After missing 2011 to recover from shoulder surgery, he pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history on May 1, 2012. However, he went just 6-9 that season with a 4.85 ERA. He last pitched in a major-league game on Aug. 17 of that year.
Last April, he had surgery to repair a re-tear of the anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder.
Santana is 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA with 1,988 strikeouts and 567 walks in 2,025 2/3 innings over a 12-year career with the Minnesota Twins and Mets.
MAYBIN OUT 2-3 MONTHS
Promising San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin will miss two-to-three months after rupturing his left biceps tendon while making a diving catch in a spring training game, the team said on Monday.
Maybin, 26, suffered the injury in robbing Los Angeles Dodgers' Juan Uribe of an extra-base hit to the right-center field gap Sunday, MLB.com reported.
The injury-plagued Maybin missed all but 14 games in 2013 with a right wrist injury that required surgery and a torn ligament in his left knee.
Padres manager Bud Black was asked if Maybin should have been more cautious, especially in an exhibition game.
"You can't play at a lesser level, you've got to play a spring training game like a regular-season game," Black said. "Cam is a guy who plays the game like it's meant to be played."
Maybin hit .264 with nine home runs and 40 steals in his first season with San Diego in 2011 and followed that with eight home runs and 26 steals the next season.
The right-handed hitter signed a five-year, $25 million contract extension in the spring of 2012.
PEAVY CUTS FINGER
Jake Peavy was scratched from his exhibition start Monday because of a cut to his left index finger.
The Boston Red Sox right-hander cut the finger with a fishing knife Saturday, according to ESPN.
"He's going to be 'no-throw' for three days and then initiate a throwing program off the mound," manager John Farrell said. "It's his non-throwing hand, so he can keep his arm in shape, but he's a scratch for (Monday)."
Farrell said the accident occurred at Peavy's Florida residence and that he had a surgical procedure performed Sunday.
Brandon Workman started in place of Peavy against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.
At the beginning of camp, Peavy injured his right ring finger when he was struck by a ball, which delayed his throwing program.
STRASBURG GIVES ADVICE
Stephen Strasburg said the best advice he can give New York Mets ace Matt Harvey as he recovers from Tommy John surgery is to take it slow.
"I learned the hard way," the Washington Nationals right-hander told the New York Post.
Like Harvey, Strasburg blew out his pitching elbow near the end of his rookie season in 2010 and needed the surgery. He came back toward the end of the following season, making five starts.
Harvey had surgery in October and is expected to miss all of this season.
Strasburg said Harvey should not feel discouraged because recovery is a slow process.
"It can flip on you," he said. "You'll feel great one day and the next day it's terrible. The best advice I got was, 'Look where you were at the start of the month and then at the end of the month. Don't look at where you were yesterday.'"
Harvey and Strasburg share Scott Boras their agent.
Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and started the All-Star Game for the National League in New York last year before being shut down in August.