Santana, 32, signed a four-year deal with Minnesota worth $54 million in the offseason. He was 14-10 last season with a 3.95 earned-run average in 31 starts for the Twins with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 179-63.
This spring, Santana was 3-1 in five starts with a 1.89 ERA and set to pitch the second game of the season for the Twins against the
"This is unexpected news for me and my family," Santana said in a statement issued by the Players Assn. apologizing for the positive test. "I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance. What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance. That's just not me, never has been and never will."
Santana, born in the Dominican Republic, began his
"All I can do now is continue to work hard, and when the suspension is up, come back to doing what I love," Santana said.