"I'm not going to put so much pressure on myself to throw the perfect pitch," said Santiago, who was demoted to the bullpen after going 0-6 with a 5.19 earned run average in his first seven starts. "It will be more of, 'Here it is, I want you to hit this pitch,' instead of trying to throw the pitch even better.
"If a 30-home run hitter is up, how many homers is he going to hit in 600 at-bats over the course of a season? The odds are still in my favor that he's not going to hit a homer. I was kind of avoiding that, trying to make a great pitch when all I had to do was make my pitch."
Santiago stormed off the mound after he was removed in the third inning of his last start against the
But Santiago has no plans to curtail his intensity.
"I'm not going to go out there and try to be someone I'm not," Santiago said. "I've always had that fire, that go-go-go, attack mode."
Santiago was replaced in the rotation by
Santiago has made only one relief appearance, retiring the two batters he faced in Toronto on Sunday. He knows he needs to have several strong relief outings before he returns to the rotation, but "as a late-inning left-hander, how many innings am I going to throw?" he said. "I could go a week or so without pitching."
Santiago was victimized by poor run support and shaky defense, but he also walked 18 batters in 34¿ innings of his seven starts and committed two errors of his own. Outfielders