Kansas Royals select contract of pitcher Ervin Santana

Mar 1, 2021; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals Ervin Santana #54 poses during media day at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MLB photos via USA TODAY Sports

Veteran right-hander Ervin Santana is back in the big leagues for the first time since 2019 after the Kansas City Royals selected his contract on Tuesday.

The Royals added the 38-year-old Santana to the organization in December on a minor league contract and added him from the team’s alternate training site.

In addition, the team also recalled right-hander Tyler Zuber while moving first baseman/outfielder Ryan McBroom to the alternate site and placing right-hander Josh Staumont on the team’s injured list.

Santana, 36, did not pitch in the majors in 2020. This offseason he pitched for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League.

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The 15-year veteran is a two-time All-Star who is 149-127 with a 4.09 ERA over 387 appearances (384 starts) for five teams, including the Royals in 2013. He went 9-10 in his lone season in Kansas City, with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts and 211 innings. Santana has also pitched for the Los Angeles Angels (2005-12), Atlanta Braves (2014), Minnesota Twins (2015-18) and Chicago White Sox (2019).

Zuber, 25, appeared in 23 games in the 2020 season (all in relief), going 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 20 walks in 22 innings in his only big league experience.

McBroom, who turned 29 on Friday, did not put a ball in play in his five plate appearances this season, going hitless with four strikeouts and one walk.

Staumont, 27, is in his third season and has not yet allowed a hit in three relief outings, with three strikeouts and one walk in 3 2/3 scoreless frames. The Royals did not disclose specifics on any injury to Staumont.

–Field Level Media