The 30th-round draft choice in the 2006 draft has had three straight shutout relief outings this spring training, including one inning on Monday against the Oakland Athletics.
“He has looked good every time he has gone out there,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I am impressed with him and what he has done.”
The Sox need a third lefty to replace Chris Sale, who will be in the club’s starting rotation this season.
“It looks pretty good for him,” said Ventura, who would not say that the 24-year-old pitcher had made the team as of yet. “The way he is performing and the way he works , I like the way it looks. Those are the kind of guys we want.”
Santiago was a starter in 2011. He posted a 9-8 record with a 3.60 ERA at two minor-league stops.
Peavy’s day: Ventura was not upset with Jake Peavy's subpar performance on Monday. Peavy gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings, but the Sox’s primary concern is for him to stay healthy during his spring starts.
“It was just that one inning,” Ventura said. “After that, really it was just one pitch got him into trouble.”