Santana Pleased With First Start (video)
The anticipated spring training debut went rather well for Ervin Santana just eight days after signing a $14.1 million-free agent deal to help play a critical piece this season in the Braves starting rotation. The 31-year old went out against the Mets for two innings of work and allowed one run while giving up a pair of hits, one which was a bunt single in the first inning. The velocity was very much there for Santana as his fastball topped out at 95 m.ph. in the first inning before dropping to around 91 m.p.h. in the second inning. He along with Mike Minor will stay for extended spring trainings to get more work in before joining the team most likely in the Braves first homestand of the season.