Orioles Bringing Along Johan Santana Slowly

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos(NEW YORK) -- The Baltimore Orioles could use a boost in the starting pitching department, which is why they're carefully bringing along former All-Star starting pitcher Johan Santana so he can help them during the stretch run.

Santana has been pitching in the minor leagues to get healthy and fine tune his game so he can get back to the Major Leagues. The team plans on having Santana join the team sometime in mid-June.

The team is hoping to start Santana at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in early-June. If all goes well, the team will call him up to the Majors.

"Ideally, the last outing would be six innings if the other club would cooperate," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If these three options work out, he'd be an option for us. It's one thing being able to get through it, it's another thing to evaluate whether it will work up here."

The 35-year-old Santana is working his way back from shoulder surgery. He has also dealt with various injuries since 2010.

Overall, he's gone 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA during his 12-year career.

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