Santos, 31, signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees on June 9. After appearing in two major-league games with New York, he was placed on the disabled list on Friday with right elbow inflammation.
Over those two appearances, Santos pitched three innings and allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and zero walks, finishing both games. His last outing came June 15 against the Marlins in Miami, when Santos entered in the eighth inning with bases loaded and no outs. He escaped the jam without allowing a run, striking out two batters in the process.
“He had [an] elbow issue last year, and he chose to rehab it and it manifested this year. It’s disappointing because we saw what he was capable of doing down in Florida,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “He’s heartbroken. It was difficult for him.”
Before coming to the Yankees, Santos appeared in 12 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing seven runs on 13 hits over 13 1/3 innings.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees called up righthander Danny Burawa from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Burawa, 26, was 1–1 over 26 appearances for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season with a 1.75 ERA over 36 innings. Outfielder Ramon Flores was also called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees also encountered an injury situation with lefthander Jacob Lindgren, who requires surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow and will miss up to 12 weeks, and outfielder Mason Williams, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
- Mike Fiammetta