Twins Have Their Answer for Opening Day Starter
He missed 80 games last season due to a failed PED suspension, but looks ready to take the mound on day one this year.
After surprising the organization and an eager fan base last year with a failed drug test before the ground could even fully thaw at Target Field, Ervin Santana only manged 17 starts last season, going 7-5 with a 4.00 ERA.
It's a three player race for the final two spots on the roster. The odd man out might find himself in the bullpen, or Triple-A ball. Ricky Nolasco has been up and down during spring training and Tyler Duffey can't find the magic that helped spark the team to a late season push to the playoffs that came up just short.
Tommy Milone, the lone lefty, could have the best chance of the three with a 2.00 ERA in three spring outings thus far. Molitor certainly has his hands full and plenty of decisions to make with a young, but promising, roster.
But those making the trip to Target Field on April 13th will see Kyle Gibson get the ball to start the home opener versus the Chicago White Sox.
You can listen to myself and Frank debate on who we think will make the starting rotation in a recent 'Two-Minute Drill,' and see if it comes true April 4th.
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