Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Johan Santana is now back in the major leagues, though his official return to the mound still remains on hold.
The Baltimore Orioles selected the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner's contract on Monday and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list as he continues his recovery from major shoulder surgery.
Santana, who last pitched in the majors on Aug. 17, 2012, was nearing an opt- out date in the minor league contract he signed with the Orioles in early March. The 35-year-old has spent the season working out at the team's extended spring training complex.
The Orioles are hopeful that Santana will be able to contribute by mid-June.
Santana twice led the AL in ERA with the Minnesota Twins in 2004 and 2006 and topped the NL in that category with the New York Mets in 2008. He went 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA with the Mets in 2010, but missed the entire following season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder.
The veteran lefty returned to make 21 starts in 2012, but re-tore his shoulder capsule during spring training of last season.
Over 12 major league seasons with the Twins and Mets, Santana has compiled a 139-78 record and a 3.20 ERA.